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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
Sea 2c Donald Knuth USN
AS Harold Land USN
AS Charles Legrant USN
Sea 1c Robert Leigh USN
Ens William Lovering USN
F 3c Thomas Lyon USN
Sea 2c Kenneth Mcmahon USN
F 2c Harold Mitchell USN
Sea 2c Henry Morgan USN
Sea 2c Seldon Morton USN
F 3c James Mulhair USN
Sea 2c Leonard Natzke USN
FC 2c Thomas Obrien USN
CSK William Oconnell USN
Sea 2c Victor Oehler USN
FC 2c William Opdencamp USN
Sea 2c Glenn Owens USN
F 3c Robert Parramore USN
Sea 1c John Ploff USN
Matt 1c Edward Raby USN