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Friday, November 13, 1942
Naval Battle of Guadalcanal
The San Francisco, in company with one heavy cruiser, three light cruisers, and eight destroyers, entered Lengo Channel. At 0125 on the 13th, the enemy force was discovered about 27,000 yards to the northwest and the US task group maneuvered to intercept. ... At 0148, San Francisco opened fire on an enemy cruiser 3,700 yards off her starboard beam. At 0151, she trained her guns on a small cruiser or large destroyer 3,300 yards off her starboard bow. An enemy battleship was then sighted and taken under fire, initial range 2,200 yards. At about 0200, San Francisco trained her guns on a second battleship. At the same time, she became the target of a cruiser off her starboard bow and a destroyer which had crossed her bow and was passing down her port side. The enemy battleship joined the cruiser and the destroyer in firing on San Francisco, whose port 5-inch battery engaged the destroyer but was put out of action except for one mount. The battleship put the starboard 5-inch battery out of commission. San Francisco swung left while her main battery continued to fire on the battleships which, with the cruiser and the destroyer, continued to pound San Francisco. ... A direct hit on the navigation bridge killed or badly wounded all officers except the communications officer. Steering and engine control were lost and shifted to Battle Two. Battle Two was out of commission by a direct hit from the port side. Control was again lost. Control was then established in the conning tower which soon received a hit from the starboard side. Steering and engine control were temporarily lost, then regained. All communications were dead. Soon thereafter, the enemy ceased firing. San Francisco followed suit and withdrew eastward along the north coast of Guadalcanal. ... Seventy-seven sailors, including Rear Admiral Callaghan and Capt. Young, had been killed. One Hundred and five had been wounded. Of seven missing, three were subsequently rescued. The ship had taken 45 hits. Structural damage was extensive, but not serious. No hits had been received below the waterline.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 80

Namesort ascending Service Branch
EM 3c Albert Zaiger USN
Capt Cassin Young USN
Ens Jean Witter USN
F 2c Paul Wisenberger USN
LCdr Jack Wintle USN
F 2c Wilbur Wilkins USN
GM 3c Edwin Werteen USN
Sea 1c Samuel Wallen USN
FC 3c John Wallace USN
Sea 2c Walter Wagner USN
OStd 1c Ildefonse Veloso USN
Lt(jg) Allan Vanderhoof USN
Cox Francis Tucker USN
CM 3c Emmett Taylor USN
SF 2c Edward Szymanski USN
QM 3c Wesley Stone USN
Sea 2c Roy Steele USN
GM 3c Kenneth Spangenberg USN
Sea 1c Thomas Slough USN
GM 1c Raymond Schroder USN