ELECTRICIAN'S MATE THIRD CLASS JOSEPH EDWARD HALPIN JR. was born in New Jersey around 1924. He was the son of Joseph and Ruth Halpin. His father worked as a clerk in the Camden County clerk's office at the Camden County Courthouse in Camden.
By 1926 the Halpins had moved to Pennsauken, New Jersey. The 1930 Census has the family living in a rented home at 1742 Merchantville Avenue. The 1940 Census shows the family, which by then included younger sisters Mary and Ruth, at 1708 Hollingshead Avenue in Pennsauken, New Jersey. They later moved to 1918 West River Drive in Pennsauken.
After joining the United States Navy on July 9, 1941, Joseph E. Halpin qualified for submarine duty. After being promoted to Seaman Second Class, he was assigned to USS Haddock SS-231, a new Gato-class submarine, and was a member of Haddock's crew when she was commissioned on March 14, 1942. He sailed with Haddock on four different war patrols.
first patrol began in July of 1942. After shakedown and training cruises off New England,
Haddock sailed for the Pacific on
June 19, 1942 and arrived Pearl Harbor July 16. She departed on her first war patrol on
July 28, the first submarine to do so with the new SJ radar. This equipment added greatly to her power in seeking out and destroying enemy ships in darkness or reduced visibility.
Having been promoted to Electrician's Mate Third Class, Joseph E. Halpin Jr. returned to the United States and was assigned to the USS Corvina, another new Gato-class submarine. He was aboard when Coriina was commissioned at New London, Connecticut on August 6, 1943. Joseph E. Halpin Jr. He was aboard when Corvina made her first, and sadly, her last war patrol. After leaving Pearl Harbor on November 4, 1943 Corvina was sighted on the surface by a Japanese submarine on November 16, 1943 and was herself torpedoed and sunk, going down with all hands.
After the war, when new homes were being built in Pennsauken, Halpin Avenue was named in his memory. His family stayed in Pennsauken, mother Ruth S. Halpin passing away in 1994 at the age of 92.
Keel laid by the Electric Boat Company.,
Venturing into enemy waters during WWII for her first time, USS CORVINA (SS226), under the command of Cdr. Roderick S. Rooney, departed from Pearl Harbor on 4 November 1943. The CORVINA was GATO class submarine, carrying a crew of 4 officers and 54 enlisted men. After topping off with fuel at Johnson Island she proceeded to an area south of Truk, there to attack enemy naval forces during our surface operations in the Gilbert Islands. She was to patrol as close to Truk as enemy antisubmarine measures would permit. On 14 December, she was to pass to command of Commander Task Force Seventy-Two and proceed to an eastern Australian port for refit and duty in SubSoWesPac.
When the major surface force operations in the Gilberts were finished, CORVINA was directed by dispatch on 30 November to pass to command of Commander Task Force Seventy-Two on 2 December 1943. The message was repeated three times on each of two successive nights, and an acknowledgment was directed, but none was received. Because of the difficulty being experienced as a result of Japanese interference, CORVINA was considered to have passed to Commander Task Force Seventy-Two, despite her failure to acknowledge. She was directed to proceed to Tulagi and rendezvous with a surface escort, but she did not appear. Again transmissions directing answer were repeatedly sent, but were not fruitful. Since she had not appeared or been heard from since her departure from Johnston Island on 6 November, CORVINA was reported as presumed lost on 23 December 1943.
Enemy records indicate that CORVINA met her doom on 16 November 1943, by enemy action. An enemy submarine reported having sighted a surfaced submarine at 5! -50'N;151!-10'E, and torpedoed her. Three torpedoes were fired and two were reported to have hit, causing a "great explosion sound."
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