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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 1c Henry Bramstedt USN
Sea 2c Walter Hendrix USN
Sea 2c Kenneth Mcmahon USN
Sea 1c John Ploff USN
Sea 2c John Storm USN
WT 2c Frank Busso USN
Sea 2c Clarence Herrmann USN
F 2c Harold Mitchell USN
F 3c Robert Parramore USN
Sea 2c Bertie Stukey USN
CMM Daniel Carlson USN
Sea 1c Harold Harvey USN
Ens William Lovering USN
Sea 2c Kenneth Reccius USN
SC 3c Roy Stagg USN
Ens Charles Chapman USN
F 2c Sidney Hawkins USN
AS Charles Legrant USN
Lt(jg) Martin Ray USN
F 1c Henry Tilghman USN