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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 Cleveland Patton USN
Sea 1c Alexander Perugini USN
Sea 1c Frank Perugini USN
Sea 2c Walter Philips USN
Sea 2c Robert Popovich USN
F 3c Richard Powers USN
AS William Pritchard USN
AS Arnold Profitt USN
Sea 1c William Pye USN
Sea 1c Herbert Raney USN
GM 3c Marion Rankin USN
AS Patrick Raschella USN
AS Orval Ray USN
SK 2c Stephen Reed USN
AS Algie Reid USN
Sea 2c Robert Ressinger USN
Sea 2c Gilbert Richards USN
Sea 1c John Roach USN
GM 3c Lester Rogers USN
Sea 1c Edward Rogers USN


CWO2 Herbert Crapo Brown