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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 Jack Rogers USN
Sea 1c Charles Rogers USN
OCK Diosdado Rome USN
Cox Warner Rose USN
Sea 2c George Ross USN
RM 3c Rosco Roundy USN
Sea 1c John Russell USN
MM 1c Ernest Ryan USN
OStd 1c Catalino Sanaris USN
Sea 2c Angelo Sanders USN
BM 2c Gale Schreiner USN
Sea 2c Morris Seif USN
SF 1c Robert Shingle USN
RM 2c Robert Shoulders USN
EM 3c Richard Slater USN
PhM 1c Charles Smith USN
Sea 2c Walter Sommerfeld USN
Sea 1c Obra Spier USN
Sea 1c Johnie Stack USN
Sea 1c Robert Stapleton USN


CWO2 Herbert Crapo Brown