Follow Us

Follow us   

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 ascending Service Branch
F 2c William Young USN
F 1c Rowland Way USN
WT 1c James Watkins USN
F 3c Richard Walters USN
WT 1c Donald Vanfleet USN
Sea 2c Elton Strong USN
Sea 2c Elton Smith USN
F 1c Joseph Randt USN
WT 1c Emory Phillips USN
Sea 2c Joseph Perez USN
Sea 2c Ottie Payne USN
Sea 1c Jeff Newman USN
WT 1c Linton Lester USN
WT 1c Frank Lavino USN
B 1c Charles Lanning USN
WT 2c Luther Langley USN
WT 2c Leon Kolida USN
WT 1c Rex Knapp USN
F 1c Francis King USN
WT 2c Frank King USN


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