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Charles A. Scarpello, merchant ship captain


Charles A. Scarpello, 79, a retired merchant ship captain who served aboard two ships that were torpedoed during World War II, died Saturday of a heart ailment at his home on Jefferson

Avenue in the Timonium area.

A mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Texas.

Mr. Scarpello retired 18 years ago after many years as a ship's officer. Though licensed as a captain, he would often sail as a mate if no command were available.

A native of Chicago, who fought in the Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War, he went to sea during World War II and graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy.

He wrote an article that appeared in The Sun about his trip on a ship sunk in July 1942 when it was returning from Murmansk, U.S.S.R., in a convoy that ran into a surfaced U-boat.

His ship had suffered torpedo attacks, five days and nights of aerial attacks and frequent attacks in port before it was sunk on the way home.

Widely traveled, he was fond of telling stories of his experiences throughout the world.

Survivors include his wife, the former Carmela DiFranco; a daughter, Maria Grace Michels of New Freedom, Pa., and two grandchildren.

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