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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, November 20, 1943
Air Attack near Gilbert Islands
Independence headed for the Gilberts and prelanding strikes on Tarawa, November 18 - 20, 1943. During a Japanese counterattack November 20, Independence was attacked by a group of planes low on the water. Six were shot down, but the planes managed to launch at least five torpedoes one of which scored a hit on the carrier's starboard quarter. Seriously damaged, the ship steamed to Funafuti November 23 for repairs.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 16

Namesort descending Service Branch
MM 3c Oliver Ashton USN
Sea 2c Joseph Byrne USN
F 3c George Castro USN
Sea 1c Joe Fretwell USN
F 1c John Grant USN
Sea 2c Walter Hunt USN
Sea 1c Edward Jones USN
Sea 1c Wallace Lee USN
GM 3c James Mackenzie USN
Sea 2c Joseph Mcgowan USN
Cox Edward Mclean USN
Cox Clarence Roberts USN
Sea 2c Joseph Sedgwick USN
Sea 2c Bela Sobek USN
Cox Thomas Streeter USN
Sea 1c Lawrence Swartz USN
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships