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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 ascending
Sea 1c Henry Beecroft USN
Sea 2c Patrick Purcell USN
Sea 1c Richard Hastings USN
GM 1c Walter Bok USN
Sea 1c John Robbins USN
SF 2c Edward Hellman USN
FC 2c Robert Bonds USN
TC 1c Loyal Rensberger USN
Sea 1c Chessher Heisch USN


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