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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
RM 3c Walter Rusch USN
CCS Emil Schadler USN
F 1c Wallace Schaefer USN
MM 2c John Schaffer USN
MM 1c James Sheets USN
Sea 1c Rex Shippy USN
MM 2c Albert Shirk USN
Lt Thomas Shriver USN
CSK Robert Silva USN
Sea 1c John Sullivan USN
Sm 1c Elmer Tichacek USN
CWT Nicholas Timko USN
F 1c Toros Torosian USN
MM 2c Thomas Travis USN
FC 2c William Troutt USN
SC 3c James Valenti USN
Sea 1c Fernando Vasquez USN
F 1c Wilburn Walker USN
Sea 1c Robert Warner USN
Sea 1c Raymond Weber USN


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