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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, December 7, 1941
Pearl Harbor - Single Torpedo Strike
While tied up alongside 1010 dock at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Helena was hit by a single torpedo during the Japanese raid of December 7, flooding an engine room and boiler room. Due to the prompt damage control corrective measures, Helena remained afloat and remained functional during the remainder of the attack.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 28

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 2c Hugh Naff USN
GM 2c John Pensyl USN
SK 3c Joe Powers USN
F 3c Ralph Thompson USN
MM 2c John Urban USN
Sea 2c Benjamin Vassar USN
SK 2c Hoge Venable USN
EM 2c Michael Yugovich USN


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