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Frank L. Elefante

US Navy Captain Retired

1922-2014 KAILUA, HAWAII Frank L. Elefante, 92, of Milokai St., died at home on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 after a short battle with cancer. Born in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania on June 8, 1922, he was the son of the late James and Barbara Elefante. He was educated in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania and was a 1940 graduate of Vandergrift High School. He enlisted in the Navy in September 1940, was selected to attend the US Naval Academy and graduated in 1946 with the class of 1947. On June 6, 1946 he married the former Sophie Czuszack of Vandergrift, Pennsylvania in services held at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He received his commission as an Ensign in 1946 and served two years in minesweepers before going to Submarine School, New London, Connecticut, in 1948. Important assignments held by Captain Elefante included a two-year tour as Operations Officer, Military Sea Transportation, Service Pacific, Oakland, California; two consecutive two-year tours at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as Logistics Plans Coordinator, Submarine Force Pacific and Executive Officer, U.S. Fleet Submarine Training Facility. He also served on the staff of the Navy Strategic Systems Project Office in the Fleet Ballistic Missile Program, Washington, D.C. Other tours of duty included Commanding Officer, USS Submarine Quillback and Executive Officer, USS Submarine Thornback, Key West, Florida; three years on the faculty at the Naval Academy; and duty with submarines USS Perch, USS Segundo, USS Blackfin and staff Submarine Squadron Three, all in San Diego, California as a junior officer. He served as Naval Plant Representative, General Electric Ordnance Systems, from 1970 thru 1974. He retired from the Navy in 1975 at ceremonies held in Los Angeles, California, where he was presented the Meritorious Service Award for outstanding service. While in Pittsfield Captain Elefante was active in ITAM Lodge, Civitan, and Big Brothers. After retiring to Kailua, Hawaii with wife Sophie, he enjoyed running his own small gardening business, growing orchids and vegetables, ballroom dancing, playing poker, traveling, skiing at Lake Tahoe, and spending time with family. His wife Sophie passed away in 2002. He leaves a daughter, Barbara Ware and husband, John of Pollock Pines, Calif.; daugther, Kathryn Nash and husband, Paul of Lenox, Mass.; son, James Elefante and wife Linda of North Bend, Wash.; grandson, Chad Ware and great grandchildren, Avery and Garrison of Brunswick, Ga.; sister, Victoria Calizzi of Cabot, Pa; sister, Susan DiMenna of Apollo, Pa.; and brother, Henry Elefante of Vandergrift, Pa. He was predeceased by grandson Ben Ware. FUNERAL NOTICE: Private memorial was held in Kailua, Hawaii. Memorial donations may be made in Frank's name to a veterans' organization or hospice of your choice.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Dec. 6, 2014
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