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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, October 26, 1942
Air Attack near Guadalcanal
On 26 October in company with the Enterprise Task Group off Guadalcanal, Smith was attacked by a formation of 20 torpedo planes. Twenty minutes later, a Japanese torpedo plane crashed into her forecastle, causing a heavy explosion. The forward part of the ship was enveloped in a sheet of smoke and flame from bursting gasoline tanks and the bridge had to be abandoned. The entire forward deck house was aflame, making topside forward of number one stack untenable. Smith's gunners splashed six of the planes. By early afternoon, the crew had extinguished all of the fires forward. With 57 killed or missing, 12 wounded, her magazines flooded, and temporary loss of steering control from the pilot house, Smith retained her position in the screen with all serviceable guns firing.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 57

Name Service Branchsort descending
MM 2c Cletus Kueter USN
Sea 2c Arthur Austin USN
Sea 1c Herbert Stumpfel USN
Matt 3c Willie Dubose USN
AS Ira Johnston USN
F 1c Charles Axe USN
F 2c James Spears USN
Lt(jg) Torrey Eaton USN
Sea 1c Edmund Horger USN
GM 2c Charles Blankenship USN
F 1c John Spencer USN
Sea 2c Charles Dixon USN
F 3c Robert Wise USN
F 1c Anthony Brilla USN
SC 2c George Rader USN
MOMM 2c George Dougherty USN
F 3c Alfred Withrow USN


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