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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
F 3c Joe Everett USN
TM 3c Ralph Fincher USN
Sea 2c Raymond Gallagher USN
Lt(jg) Alan Gernhardt USN
OStd 3c Edward Giner USN
Sea 2c Homer Hall USN
SC 1c George Hauber USN
Sea 1c Leland Hiatt USN
Sea 1c Edmund Horger USN
AS Ira Johnston USN
MM 2c Cletus Kueter USN
F 1c Frank Mackura USN
AS Frank Martin USN
Sea 2c George Messinger USN
Sea 2c John Morris USN
Sea 2c Lyle Mosteller USN
Ens Jackson Parker USN
Sea 1c Harold Phillips USN
SC 2c George Rader USN
Sea 2c Morris Schwedt USN


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