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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
Lt Ralph Elden USN
Ens Clyde Elmes USN
Ens Robert Enright USNR
TM 3c Willard Fenton USN
Sea 1c Walter Gesell USN
Sea 1c Harold Harvey USN
F 2c Sidney Hawkins USN
Sea 2c Jesse Hendricks USN
Sea 2c Walter Hendrix USN
Sea 2c Clarence Herrmann USN
F 3c Joseph Hirzy USN
Ens Ralph Holton USN
F 1c Carl Hunstein USN
BM 2c Albert Jason USN
RM 2c David Jayson USN
WT 1c Ernest Johnson USN
B 2c Marshall Jones USN
Sea 2c Albert Kaatz USN
Cox George Kapp USN
TM 1c Berlyn Kimbrel USN