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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Friday, November 13, 1942
Naval Battle of Guadalcanal
Cushing screened transports safely into Guadalcanal November 12, 1942 and was in the van of the force that moved out to intercept the Japanese fleet in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on the night of November 13. As the range closed, she suddenly sighted three enemy destroyers at 3,000 yards. In the bitter gunfire which followed Cushing received several hits amidships, resulting in a gradual power loss, but she determinedly continued to fire her guns at the enemy, launching her torpedoes by local direction at an enemy battleship. ... Fires, exploding ammunition, and the inability of Cushing to shoot any longer made the abandon ship order unavoidable as the battle with the Japanese force continued. Her burning hulk was last seen from Guadalcanal when she sank about 3,500 yards southeast of Savo Island. ... Cushing lost 70 men killed or missing, some of them later rescued from the water, and many wounded, but with the task force she had aided in saving Henderson Field from a disastrous bombardment by a Japanese force.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 72

Namesort ascending Service Branch
AS Louie Williams USN
AS James Williams USN
Sea 2c Carl Williams USN
AS Glenn Willard USN
AS Gus Wildi USN
AS Vanion Wheeler USN
Sea 1c Raymond Whatley USN
CBM John Weber USN
FC 3c John Tipps USN
SC 3c James Surber USN
FC 2c Burt Sparks USN
FC 3c James Simcoke USN
Sea 2c Wayne Shannon USN
SOM 3c Roy Scott USN
Lt(jg) Seymour Ruchamkin USN
F 1c Lyndon Ross USN
F 2c Earnest Ritsko USN
Ens Curtis Riney USN
Matt 1c Chester Riley USN
Sea 1c Howard Reitzel USN


Prepared by CAPT R. O. Strange USN (Ret.)