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San Francisco

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Date Lost: 
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 descending Service Branch
Sea 2c William Hall USN
Sea 2c Harold Hand USN
Lt John Hanna USN
AMM 3c Walter Harbor USN
Matt 1c Leonard Harmon USN
F 1c Thor Haug USN
Sea 2c Otis Helveston USN
Lt Thomas Hine USN
Cdr Joseph Hubbard USN
Sea 1c Dale Hudson USN
MM 3c Joseph Huebsch USN
SK 3c William Hughes USN
Matt 1c Charles Jackson USN
Sea 1c Richeleau James USN
Par Rig 3c Nicholas Janosco USN
Sea 2c Edwin Japp USN
Sea 1c Clair Jenkins USN
Cox Elmer Kauffman USN
GM 3c Edwin Kazmierski USN
SM 3c George Kempa USN


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