Brookline War Memorial
James J. Capogreca

Petty Officer James J. Capogreca
Pharmacists Mate 3rd Class (1943-1944)

United States Navy (1775-present)

James John Capogreca, born in 1916, grew up in Ingram Borough, the son of Joseph and Isabel Capogreca. He lived with his siblings Isabel, Victoria, Joseph Jr and Edith. In 1941, at age 25, he married his sweetheart Grace and moved to Brookline. They purchased a home at 1132 Bellaire Avenue.

When the call to war came, James enlisted in the Navy and became a Pharmacist's Mate. After training at a U.S. Naval Hospital Corps School, Petty Officer Capogreca was assigned to the crew of the Buckley Class Destroyer USS Fogg (DE-57), which was commissioned in July 1943.

Pharmacist's Mate

As a member of the Navy's Hospital Corps, P/O Capogreca was trained in anatomy, physiology, pharmacy, clinical laboratory, hygiene and sanitation, emergency treatment, first aid, and nursing. He was taught how to administer injections, treat compound fractures, administer blood plasma, and suture wounds.

The USS Fogg's first cruise on convoy duty during the Battle of the Atlantic began with her departure from New York harbor on October 13, 1943. She escorted unladen tankers to Aruba and Curaçao in the Netherland's West Indies, crossed to Algiers guarding loaded tankers, then returned by way of Curaçao and Trinidad to New York on December 4, 1943.

Between December 26, 1943 and August 20, 1944, the ship made six escort voyages from New York to Londonderry Port, Northern Ireland, guarding the flow of men and material which made possible the invasion of Europe and the push across the continent which followed.

USS Fogg - September 23, 1944<
The USS Fogg (DE-57), shown here on September 23, 1944.

The escort put to sea once more from New York on September 12, 1944, to escort a convoy through the English Channel to Cherbourg, France, then made a stop at Portsmouth, England, before returning to New York on October 9 for a brief overhaul. After special training at Charleston, USS Fogg sailed once more on November 6 to escort a slow towing convoy to England and back.

Homeward bound, on December 20, one of the LSTs (Landing Ship Tank) in the convoy was torpedoed, and as USS Fogg began to search for the submarine, she too was torpedoed by German submarine U-870, commanded by Korvettenkapitän Ernst Hechler. The GNAT (German Navy Acoustic Torpedo) struck the Fogg's stern. Out of a complement of 216, fourteen of her crewmembers, including Pharmacist's Mate 3rd Class James J. Capogreca, were killed. The ship was badly damaged.

The bodies of the dead were recovered from the wreckage and transfered to USS LCI(L)-419. On December 21, 1944, the fourteen men were buried at sea. On December 23, a fifteenth sailor succumbed to his wounds and was also buried at sea.

USS Fogg - December 23, 1944    USS Fogg - December 23, 1944
The USS Fogg on December 23, 1944 showing the severe damage suffered from the torpedo hit.

As for the USS Fogg, the crew fought for two days to save the damaged ship while slowly sailing towards the Azores. On the 23rd, the stern sheared completely off. The majority of the men abandoned the ship, leaving only a skeleton crew, which in time managed to restore bouyancy. Finally the USS Fogg reached the Azores in tow of the U.S. Army tug USS LT-643 and USS Chinaberry (AN-61) the next day, escorted by the USS Lee Fox (DE-65) and USS Ira Jeffrey (DE-63).

Back home in Brookline, James Capogreca's Gold Star widow Grace received notification of her husband's passing in January of 1945. The Community of Brookline was made aware on February 6, 1945, when notice of James' death was published in the Pittsburgh Press.

Tablets of the Missing    Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial

The memory of Brookline's James John Capogreca, Pharmacist's Mate 3rd Class, is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing in the Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial in Saint-James, Normandy, France.

The USS Fogg was eventually returned to Boston Harbor and repaired. She returned to service in June 1945. The ship served out the war and was decommissioned in October 1947. She was brought out of retirement and served during the Cold War from March 1949 through October 1954. The USS Fogg was stricken from the Navy List on April 1, 1965 and sold for scrap.

Photos From The Ship's Log (1943-1945)

* Written by Clint Burton: April 4, 2018 *




The Brookline War Memorial

The Brookline Veteran's Memorial.

Listed below are many of the sons of Brookline who gave their
lives to preserve freedom and contain aggression during
World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.”
General George S. Patton
 

United States Army (1775-present)  United States Army Air Services (1907-1947)  United States Navy (1775-present)  United States Marine Corps (1775-present)  United States Coast Guards (1790-present)  United States Air Force (1947-present)

World War I (1917-1919)

Percy Digby

Digby, Percy
Mayville Avenue
Army

Raymond P. Cronin

Cronin, Raymond P.
Berkshire Avenue
USMC

Charles Luppe

Luppe, Charles
Ferncliffe Avenue
Army

WW1 Memorial - Washington D.C.
The World War I Memorial - Washington D.C.

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World War II (1941-1945)


Alm William H.
Pioneer Avenue
Army


Arensberg, Roy T.
Fernhill Avenue
Army


Brickley, Edward G.
Woodward Avenue
Army


Bruni, Lawrence A.
Berkshire Avenue
Army


Capogreca, James J.
Bellaire Avenue
Navy


Copeland, Clarence R.
Creedmoor Avenue
Navy


Cullison, Thomas J.
Birtley Avenue
Army


Dempsey, Howard F.
Berkshire Avenue
Army


Dempsey, Walter F.
Milan Avenue
Navy


Diegelman, Edward R. Jr
Norwich Avenue
Army


Dornetto, Frank P.
Jacob Street
Navy


Fagan, Gerald B.
Woodbourne Avenue
Army


Falk, Harold E.
Pioneer Avenue
Army


Fehring, Robert M.
Fernhill Avenue
Army


Hynes, Richard E.
Waddington Avenue
Army


Jackson, Robert E.
Brookline
Army


Kestler, Paul C.
Creedmoor Avenue
Navy


Ketters, Robert
Berkshire Avenue
Army


Mahoney, Michael J.
Oakridge Street
Army


Majestic, Arthur B.
Starkamp Avenue
Army


Mayberry, Alexander G.
Breining Street
Army


Mazza, John
Alwyn Street
Army


McCann, Robert F.
Edgebrook Avenue
Navy


McFarland, Hugh R.
McNeilly Road
Army


Miller, William J.
Norwich Avenue
Army


Napier, Edward J.
Brookline Boulevard
Army


Nicholson, John D.
Woodbourne Avenue
Army


O'Day, John R.
Creedmoor Avenue
Navy


Orient, Andrew D.
Fordham Avenue
Army


Pisiecki, Raymond A.
Wolford Avenue
Army


Reeves, Alfred M.
Brookline Boulevard
Army


Reitmeyer, John P.
Bellaire Avenue
Navy


Rhing, Vern M.
Norwich Avenue
Army


Shannon, Harry C.
Midland Street
Army


Shannon, Jack E.
Midland Street
USMC


Simpson, James D.
Woodbourne Avenue
Army


Spack, Harry
Linial Avenue
Army


Vierling, Howard F.
Fordham Avenue
Army


Wagner, Ralph G.
Shawhan Avenue
Army


Wentz, Walter L. Jr
Woodbourne Avenue
Army


Zeiler, Harold V.
West Liberty Avenue
Army


WW2 Memorial - Washington D.C.
The World War II Memorial - Washington D.C.

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Korean War (1950-1953)

Patrick Gallagher

Gallagher, Patrick J.
Bodkin Street
Army

Details

James Gormley

Gormley, James W.
Brookline Boulevard
Army

Details

Gerald Hilliard

Hilliard, Gerald G.
Edgebrook Avenue
Army

Details

James McKenna

McKenna, James E.
Bellaire Place
Army

Details

Korean War Memorial - Washington D.C.
Korean War Memorial - Washington D.C.

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Vietnam War (1965-1973)

James Robert Bodish

Bodish, James R.
Plainview Avenue
Army

Virtual Wall
Additional Details

James Gilbert Collins

Collins, James G.
Dunster Street
Army

Virtual Wall
 

James Charles Wonn

Wonn, James C.
Mayville Avenue
Navy

Virtual Wall
Additional Details

Vietnam War Memorial - Washington D.C.
Vietnam War Memorial - Washington D.C.




The Brookline Monument - The Cannon

Brookline Veteran's Park - April 26, 2014.

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