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La Vallette

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, January 30, 1943
Torpedo attack off Guadalcanal
La Vallette's first contact with the enemy came January 29, 1943 as she screened TF18 off Guadalcanal, when La Vallette's guns splashed three of a wave of attacking planes. Attacked again January 30, while guarding USS Chicago she shot down six Bettys, but was struck by a torpedo. ... With 22 dead, she was towed to drydock at Espiritu Santo for temporary repairs.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 22

Namesort descending Service Branch
F 1c Albert Armstrong USN
MM 1c Gaston Bettinger USN
F 2c Clarence Borghart USN
CWT John Brown USN
Sea 1c Donald Bryant USN
CMM John Burr USN
MM 1c Lester Cook USN
F 2c Eugene Edwards USN
F 2c Edward Gregorczuk USN
F 2c Howard Hardenstine USN
F 1c Howard Heifner USN
F 2c Lyle Hitchings USN
MM 1c Archie Holland USN
F 2c Leo Martin USN
MM 1c Jack Oliphant USN
F 2c Harry Perry USN
MM 1c John Rentfro USN
LT Eli Roth USN
WT 2c Maynard Tollberg USN
F 2c Fred Werth USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships