In Memorium

This page is dedicated to the memory of USS Caperton Sailors. Many of these tributes have been provided by family members of the Sailors. If you would like to provide a tribute to a sailor who has passed on, please email it to me at and I will add it to this section.

Robert Simpson

Robert Simpson

My father, Robert Simpson, passed away on September 27, 1996 at the age of 71. He was a Plank Owner of the Caperton and served from 1943-46 as a Radioman. He was truly a member of the robert simpson greatest generation who had to be prodded to speak of his experiences during the war. 

Robert E Bodoh

Robert E. Bodoh
1925 - 2020

Robert E. Bodoh, age 95, a retired regional insurance Vice President, was reunited with his wife Mary in heaven on December 21, 2020. Robert E. Bodoh, age 95, aREB2 retired regional insurance Vice President, was reunited with his wife Mary in heaven on December 21, 2020.

Earl Hawkins

Earl G. Hawkins

Earl Hawkins, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. I had the honor of discussing his life aboard the USS Caperton on many occasions, and he was a constant cheeleader for this website and will be greatly missed.

Vernon C. Follett

My Dad, Vernon Follett passed away on April 7th from complications after a fall he took. He leaves behind my mother, Marilyn Follett, seven children, nineteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Fred Bandy

Fred Bandy

We will Miss you Fred...

661856I was just notified by his wife of the passing of Fred Bandy, former USS Caperton Sailor, and Editor of the USS CAPERTON Newsletter.

Robert L. Godfrey

R. L. Godfrey stationed on the USS Caperton during WW II, passed away on December 26, 2001. Suffered a heart attack when he was 53 and another at 75, and dies at age 79.

Salvatore Dominick Bonnano 1922-1992

Salvatore D. Bonnano who served in the American and Asiatic-Pacific Theather of Operations aboard the USS Caperton DD-650 from 7-30-1943 to 9-11-1945 passed away on December 12, 1992.

Donald F. Francis 

1922 - 2010

Donald F. Francis, 88, of Hudson, died Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Ghent.

Paul Ehrenfried

Paul Ehrenfried, 87, from San Carlos, California, on April 18, 2008. B.A. in economics/journalism and a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity, Maine Masque, orchestra, Student Senate, Radio Guild, band, and worked on the Maine Campus.

Nick Mangione
1925 - 2008

Nicholas Bernard Mangione Sr., of Hunt Valley, died from complications of a stroke at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center on Sunday. He was 83.

Herman W. Gullett 

- 1999

Herman W. Gullett, a snipe on the U.S.S. Caperton during WWII, passed on April 24, 1999 of giloblastoma Grade 4 (invasive brain cancer).

Joseph Gilmore Jr. 

- 2004

GILMORE, JR., JOSEPH H., 80 -of Longport, died Friday, October 1 after a long illness. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA before moving to Ventnor in 1930.

Frank Vodhanel

1923 - 2005

To glimpse the character of Frank Joseph Vodhanel, who died of Leukemia on Saturday at age 81,

consider this story:

Walter Bucklad 

1929 - 2005

Just a brief note to inform you that my Dad, Walter Bucklad, passed into final peace this past Sunday, November 27th, 2005, after a long struggle with complications due mainly to Diabetes.

Carmen Romano 

1924 - 2006

On behalf of myself & three brothers, It is with regret I inform you of my father’s (Carmen Romano) passing on August 20, 2006, losing his battle with lung cancer. My father proudly served on the U.S.S. Caperton between the years 1943-46.

Walter F. Brady 

- 2007

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Walter Brady who served on the USS Caperton in 1957-1958.

Martin W. Jensen -2010

Martin W. Jensen from Westbrook, Maine. He served on the Caperton from 1951-1955 during Korea. He passed away in October of 2010 from pancreatic cancer.