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Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, June 6, 1942
Torpedoed during Midway
During the Battle of Midway, Hammann came alongside the damaged Yorktown June 6, to transfer a damage control party. The destroyer then lay alongside, providing hose and water for fire fighting, power, and other services while tied up next to Yorktown. The salvage party was making excellent progress when the protective screen was penetrated by a Japanese submarine after noon on 6 June. Four torpedoes were loosed two missed, one passed under Hammann and hit Yorktown, and the fourth hit the destroyer amidships, breaking her back. As the debris from the explosion rained down and the ships lurched apart, it was apparent that the valiant Hammann was doomed. As she settled with sickening quickness life rafts were lowered and rescue efforts began by ships in company. The ship sank in just 4 minutes and following the sinking a violent underwater explosion caused many deaths in the water, bringing the toll in dead to over 80.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 82

Namesort descending Service Branch
MM 1c Charlie Albrecht USN
AS Venoy Anderson USN
Sea 1c Robert Ballard USN
RM 3c Douglas Beasley USN
Sea 2c Carl Beitz USN
BM 1c Kermit Belcher USN
CFC Harry Bieri USN
F 2c Jack Bolton USN
MM 1c Warren Bouck USN
Sea 1c Henry Bramstedt USN
WT 2c Frank Busso USN
CMM Daniel Carlson USN
Ens Charles Chapman USN
SM 2c Harold Clark USN
FC 3c Arthur Cracraft USN
OC 1c Jim Dailey USN
Mach Marvin Davis USN
Sea 2c Vincent Dibacco USN
Sea 1c Albert Dobbins USN
Sea 2c Paul Dozier USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships