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Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, January 30, 1943
Battle of Rennell Island
On January 27, Chicago sailed from Noumea to escort a Guadalcanal convoy. On the night of the 29th, as the ships approached to that bitterly contested island, Japanese aircraft attacked the force and the Battle of Rennell Island was underway. ... During the attacks, two burning Japanese planes silhouetted Chicago, providing light for torpedo attacks. Two hits caused severe flooding and loss of power. By the time the attack ended, fine work on board had checked Chicago's list. ... Louisville (CA-28) took the disabled ship in tow and was relieved by a tug the following morning. During the afternoon, the Japanese attacked again and, despite heavy losses, managed to hit the disabled cruiser with four more torpedoes which sank her.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 62

Namesort descending Service Branch
BM 2c Gerald Adams USN
EM 3c Howard Barkley USN
MM 3c Samuel Barrese USN
MM 2c Richard Bemis USN
Sea 1c Oscar Bishop USN
Sea 1c Clifford Blythe USN
LCdr Ward Bronson USN
Mach David Cale USN
Y 2c Mack Campbell USN
MM 2c Harmon Douthit USN
Sea 2c Albert Efigenio USN
EM 3c Jack Ellison USN
CMM Michael Fazekas USN
MM 1c George Fisher USN
MM 3c John Fisher USN
SF 1c Jewell Floyd USN
F 1c Robert Frank USN
WT 1c William Giguere USN
StM 3c Postell Hayes USN
MM 2c Maynard Helmick USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships