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Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, August 22, 1942
Attack from Japanese Destroyer
After patrolling off Noumea, New Caledonia, USS Blue returned to Guadalcanal, arriving August 21. At 0359, August 22, while patrolling in Ironbottom Sound she was torpedoed by the Japanese destroyer Kawakaze. The explosion wrecked Blue's main engines, shafts, and steering gear, as well as killing nine men and wounding 21. ... Unsuccessful attempts were made to tow Blue to Tulagi. She was scuttled at on August 23, 1942 after valiant attempts to save her failed.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 9

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 2c Crado Camp USN
CM 1c Henry Cooper USN
F 3c Walter Dietz USN
Sea 2c Gilman Dunn USN
GM 2c Twyman Gilbert USN
TM 2c Vernon Perry USN
Sea 2c Elza Taylor USN
Sea 1c Wayland Terry USN
Sea 1c Clarence Wright USN
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships