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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
Sea 1c Ludlow Powell USN
MM 3c Greeley Robbins USN
MOMM 2c Charlie Robinson USN
MM 3c Harold Schauer USN
Sea 2c Robert Scheidler USN
CMM Cleo Schmiedeke USN
MM 2c Paul Smith USN
MM 1c Rufus Smith USN
SF 3c Harold Smith USN
F 1c Baudelio Soza USN
F 2c Howard Sparkman USN
WT 2c William Stewart USN
Ens Walter Sweet USN
Matt 1c Thomas Taylor USN
Sea 2c Rupert Walton USN
MM 2c Claud Wilkinson USN
MM 1c Lyman Williams USN
MM 1c Lynn Williams USN
Mach Ben Williams USN
Sea 2c Joseph Wolf USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships