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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Cpl John Steinbrecher USMC
Pfc David Benson USMC
Pfc Russell Dewey USMC
Pvt Robert Dickerson USMC
Pfc Robert Dooren USMC
Pl Sgt Edward Dunnigan USMC
Pfc Dalmos Eldridge USMC
Pvt Stephen Garvey USMC
Pfc Richard Lockwood USMC
Cpl William Max USMC
Pvt Delbert Moore USMC
Pfc Joseph Pawlowski USMC
Cpl Earl Rector USMC
Pvt Ralph Smith USMC
Pvt Christy Thomas USMC
Sea 1c Charles Penley USN
Sea 1c Ray Cawood USN
AOM 3c Robert Smith USN
Sea 2c John Dobra USN
Ens Thomas Jarvis USN


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