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Walter Mazzone dies at 96; notable WWII submarine officer, led Sealab
Walter Mazzone dies at 96; notable WWII submarine officer, led Sealab

Retired Navy Capt. Walter Mazzone, a decorated submarine officer in World War II and later a key figure in the development of deep-sea diving and submarine rescue procedures during the Cold War, has died at age 96. Mazzone died Aug. 7 at his home in San Diego after congestive heart failure, according to his son, Robert, also a retired Navy captain. As a submariner, Mazzone was involved in two of the war's most harrowing undersea missions.  He endured more than 30 hours of depth-charging by Japanese destroyers in the Makassar Strait off Borneo in 1943 after his ship, the Puffer, attacked a Japanese merchant ship. It was considered the longest such assault in submarine history....

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