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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, June 30, 1943
Torpedo Attack at Blanche Channel
While off-loading for the landing at Rendova Island, near New Georgia operations were halted twice to prepare for air attacks which did not materialize. Then, as the withdrawing column entered Blanche Channel, torpedo planes attacked. McCawley's gunfire brought down four of the attacking aircraft; but a torpedo hit in McCawley's engine room, killed 15 of her crew, and knocked out all power. At 2023 the final blow came. The doomed ship was again torpedoed and in 30 seconds she sank in 340 fathoms. The following day, it was learned that six motor torpedo boats had torpedoed an enemy transport in Blanche Channel, after having been informed there were no friendly forces in the area.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 15

Namesort descending Service Branch
MOMM 1c Elija Blansett USN
F 1c Charles Boyd USN
F 1c Donald Bradley USN
WT 2c Harry Bristol USN
MOMM 1c John Damarski USN
Y 3c Francis Hebert USN
F 2c Charles Hollowell USN
Lt(jg) Carl Johnson USN
EM 3c Karl Jones USN
Lt Stanley Kush USN
MM 3c Thomas Morgan USN
MOMM 1c Victor Rice USN
MOMM 2c Thomas Ryan USN
CMM William Tedder USN
MOMM 2c Dale Uhre USN
Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)