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CDR Earle Caffrey "Penrod" Schneider
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Birth: Jan. 20, 1910
Carteret County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jul. 23, 1945, At Sea

Earle served as a Commander, U.S.S. Dorado, U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Maryland prior to the war.

Earle was declared "Missing In Action" during the war and was awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.


Captain: Lt. Commander Earle Caffrey Schneider MIA/KIA
Graduate USNA Class of 1933
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Ship: USS Dorado (SS-248)
Service # 0-072580
Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart, American Campaign Medal
American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Significant Duty Stations:

Mission: Transfer Mission
Mission Date: on or about 14-Oct-43
Location: Caribbean sea Off The coast of Panama
Cause: Unclear Sunk, possibly by German mine or U.S. aircraft
Complement: 6 officers, 54 enlisted

Keel was laid down on 27 August 1942 by the Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut. She was launched on 23 May 1943 (sponsored by Mrs. Ezra G. Allen), and commissioned on 28 August 1943. Dorado's sea trials proved the readiness of the crew, and she sailed from New London, Connecticut, on 6 October 1943 for the Panama Canal Zone. She did not arrive.

The standard practice of imposing bombing restrictions within an area 50 nmi (93 km) ahead, 100 nmi (190 km) astern, and 15 nmi (28 km) on each side of the scheduled position of an unescorted submarine making passage in friendly waters had been carried out and all concerned had been notified. However, the crew of a PBM Mariner of Patrol Squadron 210 out of Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, assigned to provide air coverage on the evening of 12 October had received an incorrect description of the restriction area, and is believed to have mistakenly attacked the USS Dorado with depth charges. The PBM crew insisted that their attacks were made on enemy U Boats. On 8 October, five miles off Colón Panama, U-214 laid a minefield of 15 mines. One of these may have sunk the US Navy submarine Dorado on or about 14 October.

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Family links: 
Earl G. Schneider (1885 - 1956)
  Mary E. Schneider (1892 - 1953)
Note: Entered the service from Maryland.
East Coast Memorial
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Plot: Tablets of the missing
Maintained by: Russ Pickett
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56126126
CDR Earle Caffrey Penrod Schneider
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CDR Earle Caffrey Penrod Schneider
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