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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

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