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Meredith

Ship Designation: 
DD-434
Date Lost: 
Thursday, October 15, 1942
Attack by Enemy Aircraft
Departing Espiritu Santo on 12 October 1942 to escort a convoy to Guadalcanal, convoy came under attack by 35 Japanese bombers and torpedo planes from the carrier Zuikaku. Fighting valiantly, Meredith brought down three of the attacking aircraft before being hit and sunk. Meredith survivors rescued after 3 days in the water. Sixty three officers and men from Meredith survived the sinking and were rescued by friendly forces after being in shark infested waters for three days.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 186

Namesort ascending Service Branch
Sea 1c Vincent Yamilkoski USN
SM 2c Charles Wright USN
FC 2c Stanley Wingate USN
GM 3c George Wilson USN
Sea 2c William Williams USN
F 2c Joseph Weinstein USN
Sea 1c Raymond Weber USN
Sea 1c Robert Warner USN
F 1c Wilburn Walker USN
Sea 1c Fernando Vasquez USN
SC 3c James Valenti USN
FC 2c William Troutt USN
MM 2c Thomas Travis USN
F 1c Toros Torosian USN
CWT Nicholas Timko USN
Sm 1c Elmer Tichacek USN
Sea 1c John Sullivan USN
CSK Robert Silva USN
Lt Thomas Shriver USN
MM 2c Albert Shirk USN

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