Walter Mazzone, sub and Sealab figure, dies at 96

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Updated: 9/02/2014 5:48 am

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Walter Mazzone, a decorated World War II submarine officer who later was instrumental in the Sealab program and other deep-diving research, has died in California. He was 96.

His son, Robert, tells the Los Angeles Times that Mazzone, a retired Navy captain, died Aug. 7 at his San Diego home.

During the war, Mazzone's sub endured more than 30 hours of depth-charging by the Japanese — the longest such assault in submarine history.

He also was on the sub Crevalle when it rescued some 40 women, children and missionaries hiding in the Japanese-held Philippines. He supposedly brought a goat aboard to provide milk for the children.

After the war, Mazzone became project manager for the experimental underwater habitat program, Sealab, which led to innovations in diving techniques and technology.


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