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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, November 30, 1942
Battle of Tassafaronga
On November 29, the task force sailed to intercept a Japanese destroyer-transport force off Guadalcanal. Just before midnight 30 November, the American ships transited Lengo Channel as the Japanese task group steamed west of Savo Island to enter Ironbottom Sound. The two opposing task forces clashed in the Battle of Tassafaronga. ... American destroyers launched torpedoes as the enemy range came within five miles of Pensacola's cruiser formation. Japanese destroyer Takanami, hit many times, was afire and exploding. American flagship Mimmeapolis (CA-36) took two torpedo hits; New Orleans (CA-32) closed the disabled Mimmeapolis and ran into a torpedo that ripped off the forward part of the warship. Pensacola turned to prevent collision with two damaged American ships but silhouetted by the burning American cruisers, she came in the Japanese line of fire. ... One of 18 torpedoes launched by Japanese destroyers hit her below the mainmast. Her engine room flooded, three gun turrets out of commission, and her oil tanks ruptured the oil-fed flames engulfed Pensacola's main deck aft where torpedoes and machine gun ammunition exploded. ... Her dead numbered 7 officers and 118 men. One officer and 67 men were injured.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 125

Namesort descending Service Branch
FC 2c Loyd Koless USN
Bkr 2c Michael Kostruba USN
CMM Joseph Kovanda USN
WT 2c Stephen Kuyawa USN
F 1c Frank Laporte USN
SC 2c John Leonardini USN
SC 3c Jimmie Lermusiaux USN
WT 1c Bud Lilly USN
Matt 1c Samuel Lockhart USN
F 3c Weyman Maffett USN
SC 1c Fiaravanti Manganelli USN
F 2c Lloyd Mantooth USN
MM 1c Granville Marean USN
FC 2c Lloyd Martin USN
F 3c Virgil Mathews USN
SK 3c Robert Mattison USN
Sea 2c George Mavis USN
Sea 2c Harvey Mccullough USN
F 2c James Mead USN
MM 1c Francis Meehan USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)