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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
F 3c Jene Prewitt USN
Matt 2c James Pruden USN
Lt sc John Quackenbush USN
Sea 2c Harry Rankin USN
Cpl Earl Rector USMC
Matt 1c Roscoe Reynolds USN
GM 3c Rodney Rich USN
SF 3c Donald Romano USN
Sea 1c Harry Rowley USN
Sea 1c J. Russell USN
Matt 2c Johnie Russell USN
CEM Clarence Scheibler USN
AOM 3c John Sitkauskas USN
Ptr 1c John Smallwood USN
EM 1c John Smith USN
SM 3c Harry Smith USN
EM 3c Glenn Smith USN
Pvt Ralph Smith USMC
F 3c Vernon Smith USN
AOM 3c Robert Smith USN


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