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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
Sea 2c Rance Busby USN
GM 2c Glenn Cameron USN
Sea 2c William Campbell USN
Sea 2c James Canard USN
Sea 2c Alfred Capps USN
Sea 2c Lewis Carlton USN
CTC George Carraway USN
Sea 2c Jonas Casillas USN
Sea 1c William Cayce USN
Sea 2c Vernon Chapman USN
Sea 2c Howard Chase USN
GM 3c Wayland Chatham USN
Sea 1c Peter Christiansen USN
Sea 2c Royce Coleman USN
Sea 2c Claude Cooper USN
Sea 2c Odis Copaus USN
GM 3c Duane Cotten USN
EM 2c Kenneth Coverly USN
Sea 2c Ray Cowdrey USN
Sea 2c Gerald Cox USN


CWO2 Herbert Crapo Brown