Born 13 February 1918 in Old Forge, Pa., Louis Joseph Carpellotti enlisted in the Marine Corps 22 September 1940. Private First Class Carpellotti was killed in action at Tulagi, Solomon Islands, 7 August 1942 when he led a detachment to deliver a flanking fire on a Japanese position, enabling the rest of his squad to assault and capture the position. For his personal valor in this action, he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star.
The name Carpellotti was assigned to hull DE-548 but construction was canceled prior to her launching.
(APD-136: dp. 1,450; l. 306'; b. 37'; dr. 13'; s. 24 k.; cpl. 204; a. 1 5"; cl. Crosley)
Carpellotti (APD-136) was launched 10 March 1945 by DeFoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Mich.; sponsored by Mrs. S. Carpellotti, and commissioned 30 July 1945, Lieutenant Commander J. V. Brown, USNR, in command.
Completed too late for active participation in World War II, Carpellotti remained on active duty with the Fleet, based on Norfolk. Following a midshipman's cruise to English and French ports (24 June-2 August 1947), she was immobilized with a skeleton crew at Yorktown, Va., until 3 February 1948.
Resuming active service Carpellotti operated from Norfolk on amphibious assault exercises along the east coast and in the Caribbean. In the summer she made midshipman cruises to European ports, and in 1948 made a good-will tour to the Persian Gulf. She also took part in North Atlantic Treaty Organization exercises: in 1952 in the first NATO amphibious operation, "Main-brace"; and in 1955 and 1957 during her tours with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean. Carpellotti was placed out of commission in reserve at Norfolk 21 April 1958.