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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Friday, November 13, 1942
Naval Battle of Guadalcanal
While operating off Guadalcanal, Japanese dispatched 25 aircraft to destroy the US forces and disrupt the invasion. Atlanta was credited with shooting down two of the aircraft, but as the air attack ended. A Japanese surface action group was detected entering the area. During the early morning hours the Japanese surface force comprised of 2 battleships and twelve other ships was detected steaming into the area. Atlanta, the lead ship in a column of 13 ships was initially illuminated by Japanese searchlights and within 10 minutes of engagement commencement, she had taken two surface launched torpedo hits and 50 major caliber hits from the battleships and cruisers. As a result of battle damage Atlanta lost all ship's power other than auxiliary power. Before drifting out of the fight in the urgency of battle, darkness and confused intermingling of friend and foe, San Francisco mistook Atlanta for an enemy cruiser and took 2 additional hits from eight inch projectiles. ... Shipboard damage control parties valiantly set to work repairing battle damage, shoring up holes and jettisoning topside weight to improve stability. Remaining powerless, other than auxiliary power Atlanta drifted perilously close to enemy held island east of Cape Esperance and was forced to anchor rather than going aground. ... A total of 172 men died and another 79 were seriously wounded during the battle.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 168

Name Service Branchsort descending
F 2c Weyman Bond USN
F 2c William Connolly USN
SK 2c Billy Hall USN
SM 2c Carl Erickson USN
Sea 2c Thomas Mcgrath USN
EM 2c Waine Kayras USN
Sea 2c Eugene Nogas USN
MM 2c Howard Smith USN
Sea 1c Mike Veselosky USN
Lt(jg) Ira Wilson USN
Sea 1c Alfred Botelho USN
RM 3c Robert Corson USN
QM 1c James Harkness USN
QM 3c Talmadge Elswick USN
Sea 2c John Mcgowan USN
Matt 2c Howard Kirby USN
RM 3c Pearse Omoore USN
Cox George Smith USN
SM 1c Harry Vessels USN
RM 3c William Wilson USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)