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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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

Name Service Branchsort descending
F 1c Robert Frank USN
WT 1c Claude Miller USN
CMM Cleo Schmiedeke USN
MM 3c Willie Young USN
CMM Michael Fazekas USN
MM 2c John Legrottaglie USN
MM 2c Paul Smith USN
EM 3c Jack Ellison USN
MM 2c Daniel Markham USN
MM 1c Rufus Smith USN
BM 2c Gerald Adams USN
Sea 2c Albert Efigenio USN
EM 3c Leonard Newby USN
SF 3c Harold Smith USN
EM 3c Howard Barkley USN
StM 3c Postell Hayes USN
MM 1c Milo Nelson USN
Sea 2c Rupert Walton USN
MM 3c Samuel Barrese USN
F 3c Arnold Himes USN