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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Friday, November 13, 1942
Naval Battle of Guadalcanal
In what would later be called the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal the heavily outnumbered US forces sighted the Japanese fleet headed toward Henderson Field to bombard it and cripple Allied air operations long enough to sneak in 11 of their transports to relieve their beleaguered comrades fighting on the island. The battle commenced at 0150 and within 30 minutes Monssen, which had been spotlighted in the darkness and hit by some 37 shells was reduced to a burning hulk. Twenty minutes later, completely immobilized in all departments, the ship was ordered abandoned. ... After daybreak Monssen was still a floating incinerator. Survivors whoo had previously abandoned ship reboarded the hulk and rescued eight men still aboard and alive, five of whom lived after reaching land. The survivors, 40 percent of the crew, were picked up and taken to Guadalcanal. The ship continued to blaze until early afternoon, when the waters of Ironbottom Sound closed over her.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 145

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 1c Philip Ackerman USN
F 1c James Adams USN
Sea 2c Orville Adams USN
F 2c John Antonowicz USN
F 2c Joseph Ara USN
Sea 1c Frank Arch USN
F 2c Charles Arnott USN
Sea 1c Leo Arsenault USN
Sea 1c Matthew Augusta USN
Sea 1c Richard Babb USN
Sea 1c John Bailey USN
F 2c Clifton Baker USN
Sea 1c Remely Baker USN
TM 3c John Balai USN
Sea 2c Charles Balutes USN
Sea 2c Joseph Balwierczak USN
Sea 1c Henry Barnes USN
MM 2c Eugene Barnett USN
Sea 2c Stanley Baronas USN
Ptr 3c Henry Bastian USN


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