---John Pentangelo, Curator/Registrar
Many streets, buildings, and institutions in Rhode Island are named to honor the Narragansett Bay area’s rich naval heritage. This regular feature to the museum’s blog provides a brief look at the people, places, and events behind the names.
Lt. Vincent R. Capodanno, USNR (1929-1967) Navy Chaplain, Medal of Honor Recipient
Today numerous tributes honoring the "grunt padre" include statues and roads in his native Staten Island, New York, and a chapel in Taiwan where he performed missionary work. The Naval Chaplain's School (located on NAVSTA Newport from 1951 to 2009) named their chapel, the Father Capodanno Memorial Chapel. USS Capodanno (DE-1093, later FF-1093) was also named in his honor.
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Street Sign Image by Christina Anderson, Courtesy of the Naval War College Museum
Capodanno Image, Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command