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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Friday, October 16, 1942
Attack by Enemy Divebombers
On October 16, McFarland was unloading cargo and embarking wounded personnel in Lunga Roads when she was attacked by 9 divebombers. While the first seven scored no hits, the eighth hit a gasoline barge in tow alongside the tender's starboard quarter. The blazing barge was cut loose as the ninth plane made its run. At least one bomb hit McFarland's stern, knocking out her rudder and steering engine. Her crew managed to splash one plane, but lost 11 of it's members in the fight - five killed, six missing. with an additional 12 critically wounded. For this action the ship was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 11

Name Service Branchsort descending
SOM 2c Robert Lubker USN
GM 3c Michael Zelusky USN
GM 3c Robert Weekly USN
F 2c Rudolph Quinn USN
SM 3c Sheldon Potter USN
MM 2c Robert Trahey USN
F 3c Charles Turner USN
Sea 1c William Stapleton USN
F 2c Warren Swapp USN
GM 1c Gerald Graham USN
Sea 1c James Martin USN
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships