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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
During Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, Barton engaged Japanese force with gunfire and later launched a spread of 4 torpedoes. While slowing to avoid collision with friendly forces during the battle, Barton was struck by Japanese torpedoes. Two enemy torpedoes struck Barton - one hit in the forward fireroom and the second hit in the forward engine room. ... Within seconds, the ship broke in two and sank taking the lives of 90% of her crew. 42 survivors were rescued by friendly forces.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 164

Namesort ascending Service Branch
Lt John Gibbons USN
Ens Gerald Gault USN
F 2c John Gallagher USN
SF 3c Gerald Gaeta USN
Sea 1c Albert Fromong USN
Sea 2c Carl Franklin USN
LCdr Douglas Fox USN
WT 2c John Fortune USN
Sea 2c John Forstoffer USN
Sea 2c Francis Fonda USN
Sea 2c Elmer Fink USN
FC 2c Henry Ferguson USN
F 2c Douglas Evans USN
Sea 2c James Elliott USN
Lt John Downing USN
CMM Leo Doshier USN
Sea 2c Anthony Doristano USN
BM 2c Michael Dombrowski USN
F 2c Herman Detels USN
F 2c Edward Dempsey USN


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