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San Francisco

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Thursday, November 12, 1942
Air Attack off Laguna Point
San Francisco, operating in the Guadalcanal area as flagship for TG 67.4 was spotted by a Japanese twin-float reconnaissance plane which began shadowing the formation. As the transport vessels were unloading off Lunga Pt , an approaching Japanese air group was detected and ships commenced evasive maneuvering. Soon afterward 21 enemy planes attacked the force and a damaged torpedo plane dropped its torpedo off San Francisco's starboard quarter. The torpedo passed alongside, but the plane crashed into San Francisco's control aft, and plunged over the port side into the sea. ... Fifteen men were killed, 29 wounded, and one missing. Control aft was demolished. The ship's secondary command post, Battle Two, was burned out but reestablished by dark. The after antiaircraft director and radar were put out of commission. Three 20 millimeter mounts were destroyed. The wounded were transferred to attack transport President Jackson (APA-18) just before the approach of an enemy surface force was reported.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 19

Namesort descending Service Branch
AMM 3c Neil Carlson USN
Sea 2c William Cates USN
Sea 1c Harold Chatell USN
Sea 2c George Eisele USNR
Sea 2c George Falgout USN
Y 2c Stanley Flisak USN
Sea 2c Andrew Gandy USN
FC 3c Charles Greer USN
Lt(jg) Albert Harris USN
GM 3c Harry Lowe USN
GM 3c Jackson Loy USN
Sea 2c William Mcneil USN
FC 2c Lewis Midyette USN
GM 2c William Powell USN
Sea 2c Frank Slater USN
Sea 2c Raymond Stolte USN
Sea 1c Angelo Terlizzi USN
Lt John Thomas USN
Sea 1c John Williamson USN
Prepared by CAPT R. O. Strange USN (Ret.)