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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, October 26, 1942
Submarine Attack off Guadalcanal
While operating in company with Task Force 16 northeast of Guadalcanal the US Force engaged a strong Japanese force in the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands. During the ensuing action, Porter was torpedoed by a submarine and critically damaged. 15 crewmembers died in the mishap. When it was determined that the damage of Porter was beyond repair the crew abandoned ship, and the hulk was sunk by gunfire from USS Shaw.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 14

Namesort descending Service Branch
F 1c Thomas Anderson USN
F 1c John Bailey USN
CWT Robert Baner USN
WT 2c Francis Holmes USN
Lt(jg) Ralph Janssen USN
B 2c John Kostelnik USN
F 1c Marquis Lewis USN
WT 2c Arnoe Martens USN
WT 1c Charles Mccarthy USN
F 1c Glen Miller USN
WT 1c Joseph Ritzinger USN
F 1c Chester Schirmer USN
WT 2c Vencent Sexton USN
WT 1c Offa Wilson USN
Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)