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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 1c Richard Lewis USN
F 2c Alvin Marts USN
Cox Seymour Mascarella USN
Sea 1c Vincent May USN
Sea 1c Robert Mcintosh USN
BM 2c Glendle Miller USN
GM 3c David Morgan USN
Sea 2c Joe Mott USN
SF 3c Willie Mouser USN
Sea 2c Randall Nelson USN
SF 2c David Nickson USN
Sea 1c George Nilson USN
F 2c Byron Obarr USN
GM 3c Wiley Osborne USN
CM 3c John Page USN
BM 1c Anthony Paltanavich USN
CM 2c Rodrick Parish USN
CCM Erwin Parmelee USN
Sea 2c Raymond Pastre USN
Sea 1c Gerald Patterson USN


CWO2 Herbert Crapo Brown