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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
GM 1c Gale Edgington USN
Sea 2c Cecil Edmondson USN
Cox George Edwards USN
Sea 2c William Eisberg USN
Sea 2c Alonzo Elledge USN
Sea 2c Russell Emmons USN
Sea 2c Claude English USN
Sea 2c Walter Erwin USN
LCdr Edward Evans USN
Sea 2c Elmo Facer USN
Sea 2c Tadeusz Faluszczak USN
Sea 2c Jack Farley USN
Sea 2c Loyd Farmer USN
Sea 1c James Fitzmier USN
Cox Charles Folkedahl USN
Ens Andrew Foreman USN
Sea 2c Otto Friday USN
Sea 1c Fred Gaedecke USN
CStd Norberto Gison USN
Cox Elgin Gordon USN


CWO2 Herbert Crapo Brown