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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
F 2c Frank Tate USN
Sea 2c Richard Ferdinand USN
StM 1c George Watkins USN
Sea 1c Lloyd Teal USN
GM 1c Leo England USN
MM 3c Willam Woolum USN
MM 3c Jackson Teitz USN
Sea 2c Charles Emerson USN
BM 1c Edward Woodhouse USN


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