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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, November 30, 1942
Battle of Tassafaronga
As flagship of TF 67, Minneapolis sortied November 29, to intercept a Japanese force attempting to reinforce Guadalcanal. The next night, she spotted six Japanese ships and the battle of Tassafaronga was opened by her 8-inch fire. ... Within 2 minutes, she had sunk an enemy transport; and her second group of four salvos, with those of another cruiser, sank a second enemy ship. ... Now, a second group of Japanese warships, which had been giving distant cover to the transport groups, entered the action, and Minneapolis took two torpedo hits, one on the port bow, the other in her number two fireroom, causing loss of power and severe damage: her bow was gone back to the chain pipes, her port side badly ruptured, and two firerooms open to the sea. ... Forty-one crewmembers died in the battle.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 37

Namesort descending Service Branch
F 3c Charles Ballard USN
WT 2c Max Bellows USN
Cox Brenner Beverley USN
F 3c Simon Bugg USN
F 3c Elden Clemens USN
CWT Vern Collins USN
CWT Archy Conwei USN
WT 2c Cleo Croft USN
F 1c James Davis USN
Sea 2c G. Dickinson USN
B 2c Robert Dinneen USN
F 2c Robert Doudican USN
WT 1c Harry Gonyea USN
Sea 2c Richard Hahn USN
WT 2c Hartley Harley USN
F 1c Arthur Harrison USN
F 1c Russell Kile USN
F 1c Francis King USN
WT 2c Frank King USN
WT 1c Rex Knapp USN


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