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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 descending Service Branch
Y 2c Ben Plahn USN
FC 3c Edward Poole USN
F 2c Arthur Purvis USN
F 3c Raymond Reeves USN
TM 3c William Reynolds USN
CSK John Roesel USN
MM 2c William Roop USN
F 2c Louie Schnackel USN
MM 1c Esmond Scobie USN
Sea 2c John Shovlin USN
Ens Charles Slater USN
EM 1c Clarence Smith USN
Lt(jg) James Sommers USN
Mach Harold Spelts USN
Sea 1c Jack Spratt USN
WT 2c John Stahl USN
F 1c James Steere USN
WT 2c James Sterling USN
Sea 2c William Strelchik USN
MM 1c Loyd Stringer USN


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