Captain Henry J. Cappello, USN, (ret) died on July 18, 2010, at age 90
in Naples, Florida. He will be buried at sea from a Navy vessel deployed
from the Naval Base at Mayport, Florida.
entered the U.S. Navy as an officer in 1941, serving in the Pacific
submarine corps during WWII on the USS Tunney (SS-282) during which time
he was awarded the Silver Cross and the Submarine Combat Insignia with
five stars. Captain Cappello was the third Commanding Officer of the USS
Tiru SS416 (28 June 1952 - 27 June 1954). He was also served as the
Commanding Officer of the USS Dragonet (SS-293) and the USS Robert K.
Huntington (DD-751). Other navy assignments were navigator on the USS
Iowa (BB-61) and the Office of Legislative Affairs. Captain Cappello
retired from the U.S. Navy in June 1962.
Son of Angelina and Antonio who had immigrated to the United States from
the Veneto Region in Italy, Captain Cappello was born on April 28, 1920
in San Francisco, where he spent the young years of his life. He
graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in
met his wife Isabelle immediately after the war on the Hawaiian Islands,
where they were married in 1945. Together they attended Catholic
University Law School in Washington, DC.
moved to Naples, FL from the Washington area in 2000.
Captain Cappello is survived by his two children, Paul Cappello and