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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
B 2c William Hendrix USN
F 3c Arnold Himes USN
MM 2c Joseph Hymel USN
MM 1c Vernon Kaster USN
Ens Paige King USN
B 1c Frank Kosesan USN
MM 2c John Legrottaglie USN
MM 2c Daniel Markham USN
F 2c Herbert Matthies USN
F 2c Charles Mcdowell USN
WT 1c Claude Miller USN
F 2c Roscoe Moody USN
CWT Alfred Morris USN
MM 1c Milo Nelson USN
MM 3c Richard Nelson USN
EM 3c Leonard Newby USN
MM 1c Emory Parker USN
Mach James Payne USN
GM 3c Richard Pevestorf USN
SF 3c Joe Phillips USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships