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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services


New Orleans

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, November 30, 1942
Battle of Tassafaronga
A climactic moment for the New Orleans came on November 30, 1942, in the midnight hour of an ink-black night, the Battle of Tassafaronga, when as part of a Navy task force, we fought off a Japanese attempt to smuggle supplies to troops at Guadalcanal. ... During the fight New Orleans sustained a torpedo hit in a forward magazine that tore away 125-feet of its bow, more than one-fifth of its 588-foot length. Miraculously the ship remained afloat. I narrowly escaped death as I was below deck at my Plotting Room battle station in the last forward compartment to remain watertight. Also miraculously, New Orleans sailed 1,200 miles to Australia for repairs. All with no bow and much of it moving astern.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 183

Namesort descending Service Branch
Cox Francis Alverson USN
Cox Harold Anderson USN
SF 3c Walter Bagby USN
Ptr 2c Dick Barker USN
GM 3c Donald Barron USN
RM 3c Dewey Bennett USN
CSK Samuel Birney USN
Sea 2c Gail Bishop USN
Sea 2c Donald Blake USN
F 1c Russell Bluhm USN
Sea 2c Philip Bova USN
Sea 1c Ernest Brenden USN
Sea 1c Harris Brien USN
Sea 2c Theodore Brien USN
Sea 1c Wesley Britten USN
Sea 2c Francis Brooks USN
Sea 2c Herbert Brooks USN
Sea 2c Vern Brouillet USN
Sea 1c Marion Burch USN
Cox Robert Burton USN


CWO2 Herbert Crapo Brown