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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, October 26, 1942
Battle of Santa Cruz Island
With bomb damage to Enterprise (24 August), torpedo damage to Saratoga (31 August), and loss of Wasp (15 September ) US carrier strength in the South Pacific was reduced to one carrier, Hornet. The gallant carrier guarded the sea approach to bitterly contested Guadalcanal in the Solomons and bore the brunt of providing air cover in the Solomons until 24 October 1942 when she joined Enterprise northwest of the New Hebrides Islands and steamed to intercept a Japanese carrier-battleship force bearing down on Guadalcanal. The Battle of Santa Cruz Island took place 26 October 1942 without contact between surface ships of the opposing forces. That morning Enterprise planes bombed carrier Zuiho. Planes from Hornet severely damaged carrier Shokaku, and cruiser Chikuma. Two other cruisers were also attacked by Hornet aircraft. Meanwhile, Hornet, herself, was fighting off a coordinated dive bombing and torpedo plane attack which left her so severely damaged that she had to be abandoned.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 106

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 1c Earl Abbott USN
Matt 3c Pascual Acompanado USN
Sea 1c Sewell Anderson USN
SF 2c Uncas Barrois USN
Pfc David Benson USMC
SM 1c Wm. Bergquist USN
Matt 2c Eddie Boatwright USN
Bug 1c Norman Bolen USN
OStd 3c Adriano Borja USN
Sea 1c Darrel Boroff USN
SF 3c Wilfred Briere USN
Sea 2c Earl Brown USN
SF 3c Samuel Bumpus USN
OStd 2c Edward Bunton USN
Matt 2c John Butler USN
F 2c William Campbell USN
Sea 1c Ray Cawood USN
Sea 1c Melvin Clark USN
Sea 2c Paul Cope USN
Sea 1c Robert Cope USN


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