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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
Sea 2c Frank Grace USN
GM 1c John Gustafson USN
Sea 1c Milton Gustafson USN
SF 2c Thomas Guthke USN
Sea 1c James Haight USN
Lt Richard Haines USN
Lt Francis Hamlin USN
Cdr Hubert Hayter USN
GM 2c Vernon Hiatt USN
SK 2c Vernon Holland USN
Lt(jg) William Holt USN
Sea 1c Theodore Hoxworth USN
Sea 2c Richard Jessee USN
Lt Edwin Johnson USN
BM 2c Frank Keegan USN
Sea 1c Edward Kelly USN
Sea 1c Morris Kinley USN
GM 3c John Kramer USN
HA 1c Elmer Lale USN
Sea 1c James Lee USN


CWO2 Herbert Crapo Brown