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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 Matthew Coyle USN
AS Alvin Cram USN
AS Anthony Crandal USN
Sea 2c William Creel USN
EM 2c Robert Crews USN
GM 3c Walter Crosslin USN
Sea 2c Richard Crouse USN
Sea 1c Donald Dale USN
Sea 2c James Danford USN
Sea 2c Edward Deleo USN
Sea 2c Daniel Deleon USN
Sea 2c E.J. Dellarocca USN
Sea 2c Starlie Denson USN
AS William Desinger USN
Sea 2c Robert Destree USN
Sea 2c Darrell Donnelly USN
Sea 2c Robert Downing USN
Sea 2c Clede Draper USN
AS Dean Dubois USN
AS Russell Dupree USN


CWO2 Herbert Crapo Brown