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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, October 6, 1943
Battle at Vella Lavella
On the night of 6 October, Selfridge, O'Bannon and Chevalier intercepted an enemy force of six destroyers three destroyer transports, and smaller armed craft 12 miles off Marquana Bay as it attempted to evacuate land forces from Vella Lavella. In the ensuing Battle of Vella Lavella, Chevalier was torpedoed and sunk Selfridge and O'Bannon were both heavily damaged - Selfridge by an enemy torpedo O'Bannon by enemy action compounded by collision with Chevalier just after the latter had gone dead in the water. Personnel casualties on Selfridge were 13 killed, 11 wounded, and 36 missing.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 49

Namesort ascending Service Branch
Sea 1c Walter Zygmont USN
MM 3c Willam Woolum USN
BM 1c Edward Woodhouse USN
Sea 2c Robert Wilson USN
StM 1c George Watkins USN
MM 3c Jackson Teitz USN
Sea 1c Lloyd Teal USN
F 2c Frank Tate USN
MM 2c Roy Take USN
Sea 1c Ray Stevens USN
MM 3c James Smith USN
MM 1c Don Smith USN
MM 2c Hugh Sears USN
MM 3c Edgar Sams USN
Sea 1c Robert Rogers USN
Sea 1c John Robbins USN
TC 1c Loyal Rensberger USN
Sea 2c Patrick Purcell USN
Cox Carson Powell USN
GM 3c Glenn Munger USN


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