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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 descending Service Branch
Sea 1c Chessher Heisch USN
SF 2c Edward Hellman USN
GM 2c Charles Joiner USN
MM 3c Thomas Kelly USN
Sea 2c Edward Keltos USN
MM 3c Merlin Kloack USN
SC 1c Charles Mckiernan USN
Sea 1c James Mcreynolds USN
Sea 1c Wayne Moore USN
GM 3c Glenn Munger USN
Cox Carson Powell USN
Sea 2c Patrick Purcell USN
TC 1c Loyal Rensberger USN
Sea 1c John Robbins USN
Sea 1c Robert Rogers USN
MM 3c Edgar Sams USN
MM 2c Hugh Sears USN
MM 1c Don Smith USN
MM 3c James Smith USN
Sea 1c Ray Stevens USN


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