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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
SF 3c Joe Phillips USN
Ens Walter Sweet USN
Mach David Cale USN
MM 1c Vernon Kaster USN
GM 3c Richard Pevestorf USN
MM 1c Lyman Williams USN
Y 2c Mack Campbell USN
Ens Paige King USN
Sea 1c Ludlow Powell USN
MM 1c Lynn Williams USN
MM 2c Harmon Douthit USN
B 1c Frank Kosesan USN
MM 3c Greeley Robbins USN
Mach Ben Williams USN
MM 1c George Fisher USN
F 2c Charles Mcdowell USN
MOMM 2c Charlie Robinson USN
Sea 2c Joseph Wolf USN
MM 3c John Fisher USN
F 2c Herbert Matthies USN