Joseph Francis Enright (September 18, 1910 – July 20, 2000) was a submarine captain in the United States Navy. He is best known as the man who sank the Japanese aircraft carrier Shinano–the "most significant single submarine sinking of World War II."
US Navy career
Enright was born in Minot, North Dakota. He graduated from United States Naval Academy in 1933, served three years on and achieved submariner's qualification in 1936. During World War II, Lieutenant Commander Enright commanded , and .
Enright assumed command of the newly built USS Dace on July 23, 1943, and in October sailed out on her first war patrol into busy Japanese waters. On November 15 an Ultra message alerted him to intercept aircraft carrier Shōkaku; Enright located the target and "made a timid approach, abandoning the effort as daylight approached". He then found another target, a tanker, but was depth charged by escort ships and wi