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LtJG Richard Lindsay Britton

LtJG Richard Lindsay Britton

Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Death 15 Dec 1943 (aged 25)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Final resting place unknown. Name listed on the Tablets of the Missing.
Memorial ID 56774860 · View Source
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Son of Everett Britton and Rachael Lindsay Britton.

Husband of Betty Lee Wingert Britton.

Richard, who lived at 2002 Monroe Place in Wilmington, Delaware, served as a Lieutenant Junior Grade on the U.S.S. Capelin (SS-289) a Balao-class submarine during World War II.

While on patrol in the Molucca Sea and Celebes Sea near Australia the U.S.S. Capelin disappeared and was assumed to have struck a mine or sunk by the Japanese. All on board were lost.

Richard was delcared "Missing In Action" along with the rest of the crew.

Richard had served one year, eleven months and was decorated with the Purple Heart, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign and World War II Victory Medals.

His remains were not recovered.

Service # 0-161332

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56774860
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for LtJG Richard Lindsay Britton (30 Apr 1918–15 Dec 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56774860, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .