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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 George Stern USN
CTC William Stovall USN
Sea 1c Sam Strauss USN
SF 2c Gust Swenning USN
Sea 1c August Swensen USN
Matt 2c Dell Taverlaw USN
CM 2c John Thomas USN
BM 1c Melvin Thomas USN
Cox Clyde Thompson USN
Sea 1c William Todd USN
Sea 1c William Triplett USN
Sea 1c Zed Tubbs USN
Sea 1c Irvin Vanderwerf USN
EM 3c Harold Venetz USN
Sea 1c Hollis Wade USN
Cox Dallas Walton USN
Sea 2c Richard Washburn USN
Sea 1c Ralph Whitcher USN
SF 2c Wayne Williams USN
Sea 1c Freeman Wilson USN


CWO2 Herbert Crapo Brown