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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
GM 2c Lester Cilley USN
MM 1c Don Smith USN
MM 3c Thomas Kelly USN
Sea 1c Harry Conyers USN
MM 3c James Smith USN
MM 3c Merlin Kloack USN
Sea 1c Harry Cornell USN
MM 2c Hugh Sears USN
Sea 1c James Mcreynolds USN
Sea 1c Ray Cutrer USN
Sea 1c Warren Demasters USN
SC 1c Charles Mckiernan USN
Sea 1c Ray Stevens USN
GM 2c Vernon Dunn USN
Sea 1c Wayne Moore USN
MM 2c Roy Take USN
EM 3c John Etter USN
Sea 1c Walter Zygmont USN
F 2c Frank Tate USN
Sea 2c Richard Ferdinand USN


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