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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
CBM Bowmer Webb USN
CEM William Blessing USN
F 2c John Cheshire USN
F 1c James Steere USN
CSK John Roesel USN
CCS Nathan Norris USN
Sea 2c Andrew Jakway USN
CQM William Marshman USN
Sea 2c James Defosse USN
F 1c Floyd Holloway USN
Sea 1c Henry Weber USN
F 1c Emile Bourassa USN
Sea 2c John Chiravalle USN
Sea 1c Oscar Stuerke USN
EM 1c Clarence Smith USN
SM 3c Eugene Nowak USN
TM 2c Ralph Hosack USN
SC 3c John Martin USN
F 2c Edward Dempsey USN
Sea 2c Ned Hitesman USN


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