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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
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

Name Service Branchsort descending
F 2c Hiram Baumgartner USN
CGM J. Chandler USN
Sea 2c Edward Luehr USN
Sea 2c Jay Maynard USN
Sea 2c James Houchin USN
TM 1c Harry Henning USN
Sea 2c August Davalos USN
CGM William Ferguson USN
TM 3c Richard Rieger USN
Sea 1c Joseph Poitras USN
SC 3c James Valenti USN
Sea 2c William Maloney USN
WT 2c Charles Beaston USN
LCdr Edgar Chase USN
RM 3c Joseph Leszicka USN
Sea 2c Julius Mazaika USN
Lt(jg) Jefferson Howard USN
AS Albert Doolin USN
Sea 2c Robert Davenport USN
F 3c Ernest Fickenworth USN


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