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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Ens Donald Adie USN
RM 3c Doc Boyer USN
RM 1c Leonard Clevenberg USN
WT 2c James Sterling USN
Ens Charles Slater USN
Sea 2c Ellis Myers USN
CM 3c Joseph Matlak USN
Sea 2c John Forstoffer USN
Lt John Gibbons USN
Matt 2c James Henderson USN
F 1c Sidney Wyman USN
Sea 2c Horace Adkerson USN
Sea 2c John Boyle USN
RE 2c Robert Coffin USN
Sea 2c Ray Tepner USN
F 2c Louie Schnackel USN
OStd 1c Saturnino Labago USN
MM 2c Earl Mcgovern USN
WT 2c John Fortune USN
Ens Gerald Gault USN


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