deCapriles, Jose R.

(1912-1969) – AFLA national epee champion (1938, ’51); national foil champion (1946); national three-weapon champion (1939). At the 1946 national championships, he medaled in all three weapons – one of only five fencers in the history of the nationals to accomplish such a feat.

He is generally considered the best three-weapon fencer ever produced in the US. Member, US. Olympic team (1936, ’48, ’52) and captain (1956). President of the AFLA (1952-56). Vice-president of t he FIE (1960-64). The pre-eminent journalist of the sport in the US. Founder and editor of “The Riposte” (newsletter) 1935-1941). Co-founder and editor of “American Fencing” (1949-1969, except 1952-56). IFA epee champion for NYU (1933).



1948 Olympic Team aboard the Queen Elizabeth

Left to Right:  Warren Dow, Ralph Goldstein, Norman Lewis, Joe deCapriles, George Worth, Mike deCapriles, Tibor Nyilas, Gus Prokop

Coach Rene Pinchart and Joe deCapriles, 1948 Olympics

On board the Queen Elizabeth in 1948
Left to right: Joe deCapriles, Danny Bukantz, Mrs. Pinchart – wife of coach Rene Pinchart, Gus Prokop, Nat Lubell