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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
Matt 3c Theodore Hart USN
F 3c William Hill USN
Sea 1c Ivan Hirsch USN
AMM 1c Oliver Jackson USN
SF 3c Teddy Janicki USN
Ens Thomas Jarvis USN
Lt John Johnson USN
AMM 3c James Kenney USN
CSF Elmer King USN
SF 1c Ralph Knowles USN
AMM 1c William Kocevar USN
SK 3c Bob Koontz USN
Sea 2c Clyde Landis USN
AMM 1c Albert Lee USN
SC 2c Lawrence Lippert USN
Lt Willard Litt USN
Matt 1c Earle Locke USN
Pfc Richard Lockwood USMC
AMM 1c Paul Loggan USN
AM 3c Oscar Lovering USN


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