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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Ens Theodore Wittschen USN
Sea 1c Wesley Britten USN
Sea 2c Howard Chase USN
Sea 2c Richard Crouse USN
BM 2c Glendle Miller USN
LCdr Edward Evans USN
SK 2c Vernon Holland USN
Sea 1c Zed Tubbs USN
RM 2c Robert Shoulders USN
Cox Warner Rose USN
GM 3c Marion Rankin USN
SF 2c Wayne Williams USN
Cdr Hubert Hayter USN
Sea 2c Francis Brooks USN
GM 3c Wayland Chatham USN
Sea 1c Donald Dale USN
Sea 2c James Danford USN
Sea 2c Elmo Facer USN
GM 2c Vernon Hiatt USN
Sea 1c William Triplett USN


CWO2 Herbert Crapo Brown