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DD-459 U.S.S. LAFFEY


Destroyer Class: BRISTOL
Commissioned 3/31/42
Length Overall 348'
Beam: 35'5"
Draft: 17'4"
Standard Displacement tons: 1630
Normal tons: 1728
Designed Complement: Off.: 9;  Enl.: 208
Armament: Primary: (4) 5"/38 cal.
Armament: Secondary:  (4) 40mm
(7) 20mm.
Torpedo Tubes: (5) 21" quintuple tubes
Designed Speed: 37.5 kts.
Designed Shaft Horse Power: 50,000
Screws: 2
Engine Manufacturer: Wstsh.
Type: Turbine
Fuel (oil) tons 483


DD459/A16-3                                       U.S.S. LAFFEY (DD459)
                                                  November 16, 1942.

S E C R E T


From:       Commanding Officer (Acting).   
To:         The Secretary of the Navy.
Via:        Commanding Officer, Naval Activities, CACTUS-RINGBOLT Area.

Subject:    U.S.S. LAFFEY, report of 1oss of.

Reference:  (a) Article 841, U.S. Navy Regulations.


1.      The U.S.S. LAFFEY was lost in action while engaging units of
        the enemy fleet off Savo Island about 0200 November 13, 1942.

2.      The LAFFEY was lost after sustaining following damage Number 
        two, three and four 5" guns out of commission by direct hits; 
        shell hit in chart house; large caliber shell hit in electrical 
        work shop which penetrated the forward engine room; five inch 
        shell hit in after fireroom; stern end blown off by torpedo 
        hit.

3.      About five minutes after the order to abandon ship was given,
        the ship blew up with a terrific explosion and sank 
        immediately.


                                                                 E. A. BARHAM 
                                                       Lieutenant, U.S. Navy.

Copy to:
        C.N.O.
        CincPac.
        ComsoPac.
        ComdesPac.

FIRST ENDORSEMENT ADVANCED NAVAL BASE A16-3 Cactus - Ringbolt Serial SD/TS133 17 November 1942 From: Commander Naval Activities, Cactus-Ringbolt Area. To : The Secretary of the Navy. Via : Commander South Pacific Force 1. Forwarded.
SOUTH PACIFIC FORCE OF THE UNITED STATES PACIFIC FLEET HEADQUARTERS OF THE COMMANDER
A16-3(11) Serial 00161b S-E-C-R-E-T SECOND ENDORSEMENT TO: C.O. (Acting) U.S.S. LAFFEY DD459/A16-3 dated November 16, 1942. From: The Commander South Pacific Area and South Pacific Force. To : The Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Subject: U.S.S. LAFFEY, report of loss of. 1. Forwarded. W.F. HALSEY
U.S.S. LAFFEY DD459/A16-3 November 15, 1942 SECRET From: Commanding Officer (Acting). To: Commander Service Force, South Pacific. Via: (1) Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Activities, Cactus-Ringbolt Area. Subject: U.S.S. LAFEFY, Report of Personnel casualties. Reference: (a) Alnav 13, 1942. 1. The following is a list of personnel casualties sustained by the U.S.S. LAFFEY in the battle off Savo Island which occurred about 0200 November 13, 1942, in which the U.S.S. LAFFEY was lost.
KILLED IN ACTION
Lieute(jg) Joseph W. Finch Jr. USNR BRANHAM, Jack S1c BROWN, Donald N. FC1c DARUGNA, Louis F1c KNUDSEN, M. L. S1c McMILLAN, C. J. BM2c PERINO, Mike Cox PUCKETT, F. F2c RUNDALL W. C. F2c SIMS, R. W. F2c SHERMAN, E. R. S1c SWAIN, C. C. WT2c THORNBER, J. H. RM3c TREVINO, Amado, Jr. S1c WILKINSON, R. S2c WILSON, V. L. R. S1c QUINTERS, P. TM3c
Died OF WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION
CHASE, Guy LaVerne S2c SANDERSON, Frederick D. TM1c GRAHAM, E. V. S2c
Wounded in Action
# W. T. Doyle, Jr. Lieutenant USN # W. K. Ratliff Lieutenant USN Eldo W. Bergman Lieutenant USN # Thomas A. Evins Lieutenant (jg.) USN George A. Rice Lieutenant (jg.) USN # D. S. Sterrett Ensign USN # J. E. Haines Ensign USNR # P.H. MC Gann Ensign USNR Francis A. Paul Boatswain USN Lester E. Murphy Machinist USN # ALMEIDA, Frank CRT # ATKINSON, R.P. F3c BAILEY, R.O. FC2c BARKER, R.E. CM2c BECICNA, J.W. WT2c BROWN, F.E. SC3c # BROWNLEE, R.W. S1c BLANCHARD, M.C. F1c BUSH, O.D. F2C CAMBELL, T.M. SC3c # CARRIGAN, K.L. F2c CARTER, D.L. EM1c CASEY, A.W. S1c CHADA, T. F1c CHARPAN, R.C. S1c COKER, R.M. CGM(AA) COLEMAN, W.M. CGM(PA) CURTIS, J.R. SoM3c # DALEY, J.J. CBM(AA) DAVIS, W.P. S1c # DENNIS, L.W. GM2c DUGAN, R. S2c DUZENBERRY, R.G. QM2c EARLIN, R. Jr. GM1c EGBERT, W.K. WT1c ELLEDGE, E.B. F2c FAUNCE, J.W. S1c FLAIRERTY, R.J. S1c # FONT, P.J. SC2c # FORTE, P.G. S1c # FORNAS, L.L. S1c FOSTER, E. WT2c GILLEY, F.E. PC1c # GREYSON, C.A. Matt1c BELL, L.D. WT2c HALE, R. SM3c HENDRICKSON, S.R. GM2c HOLLOMON, H.N. SM2c HOSRKO, O. RM3c IVESTER, B. S1c # JULIUS, R. Matt1c KASPER, J.L. CEM(PA) # KERN, N.R. F2c KATTRICE, R.F. Rdm3c KARAN, C. S2c # KELLOR, J.C. S2c LA ROCQUE, J. F1c LEACH, L.N. CTM(PA) LIEN, M.P. S1c MARTINEZ, D.M. S2c MAXWELL, B.M. F2c MARTINEAU, J. S1c MC CLINTOCK, F.B. Bm # MC DONALD, S. SK1c MC FAYDEN, G. WT1c # MC QUEEN, W.C. CphM(PA) MC WHORTER, J.N. F1c MINER, E.S. MM1c # MITCHELL, L.F. EM1c MOORE, J.D. MM1c # MEYERS, R. GM3c # NEWCOMBS, L. S2c # PARTHIDGE, R.B. Rdrm3c # PARRY, G.T. GM2c POTTER, E.J. S2c PARRISH, R.R. S2c RIDEN, F.J. F1c RIDER, H.G. BM2c ROBERTSON, N.W. S1c ROBINSON, D.W. SoM3c ROGERS, R.E. Mamth1c SCHRIEBER, F.C. CMM(PA) SKIRVIN, O.E. RadM3c STANLEY, R.R. MM2c STEVENSON, H.F. SoM3c STRAUGHAN, R. JR. CSM(PA) THOMAS, W.R. MM2c TOMICH, M.A. FC2c UMBERGER, K.M. SoM3c VANLEET, W.D. Cox VOIGHT, R.V. F1c WALLACE, R.T. EM3c WATSON, R.Y. SoM3c WEBB, R.E. S2c WEITZEL, S. SC1c WILLIAMS, C.E. S1c WILLIAMS, H.E. MM1c WILLOUGHBY, O.L. S2c WILSON, W.H. MM2c WINE, R.L. CRM(PA) # Evacuated. Only the personnel which were evacuated sustained wounds of any serious nature.
UNWOUNDED SURVIVORS
Lieut. E.A. Barham, USN Lieut. (jg) A.E. Damon, Jr. USNR Lieut. (jg) Lars Wanggaard, Jr. USN Ensign James Williams, Jr. USNR Machinist George Heffler Ship's Clerk J.A. Kelly AFRICANO, F.J. F3c AMBLER, L. F1c ALFORD, P.E. F2c ALMOND, H.D. S1c AGRELIUS, W.D. FC3c BENNETT, E.J. SF3c BINGHAM, A.W. S1c BIRD, T.I. Bmkr2c BROMAN, R.L. S2c BROWN, B.T. Matt2c BURK, D.M. S2c CARR, J.T. S1c DEVITT, R.R. S1c DIEDRICKSEN, C.D. S1c EPPERSON, J.R. S2c FARRIS, H.S. S2c FRANCISCO, P. Os2c GREENE, F.W. RM3c HAGLER, L.D. S2c HEMINEZ, L. S2c HEMPING, M.W. S1c JAMES, H.L. RM3c JENKINS, J.H. S1c JONES, H. FC3c JONES, R.E. GM3c KERR, A.W. EM2c KING, J.A. S1c KIRKLAND, V.L. F2c KOONTZ, I.L. S1c LAMBERT, W.G. S2c LARSON, J.N. MM1c LAWHEAD, L.E. S2c LEE, W.G. Ccstd(PA) LONER, R.W. S2c LONG, R.W. S2c LONG, W.D. S2c LORTON, S2c LUNON, V.C. S2c LYON, H.J. GM1c MC CORKLE, J.B. WT1c MC CULLAH, C.E. S2c MC DONALD, C.H. F2c MC LEOD, J.N. Y2c MC NAMARA, K.P. S2c MERCER, R.E. S2c MEYSKENS, R. F1c MIAZGA, K.F. F2c MILNE, G.E. F1c MOORE, J.C. CFC(PA) MOORE, L.E. S2c MUESING, V.W. MM1c MULHERIN, M.P. F1c NEEL, W. S2c NEMEC, R. F1c PARMELEY, R.A. MM1c PATTERSON, J.F. CMM(PA) PHILLIPS, H.A. EM2c REDMOND, L.V. MM2c RIBBINS, H.J. F1c ROGOL, N.D. MM1c SADLER, L.C. S2c SEEGER, B.J. Bmkr2c SOWDER, F.M. SoM3c SUDDETH, H.W. F3c SWENSON, H.S. SM1c SCHALLER, R.G. F1c SIMS, A.B. F2c THOMAS, T. S1c TROYER, M.L. MM1c VOLLMAN, R.L. S2c WEBBER, C. S1c WOLFER, O. SC3c WOODARD, H.E. MM2c WRIDE, J.W. Bmkr2c YESINKEVICH, R.G. S1c BONCOSKEY, R.F. S1c, (Picked up from USS SAN FRANCISCO)
MISSING IN ACTION
Officers
Lieut-Comdr. William E. Hank, U.S.N. (Comdg.Officer) Lieut.(jg) Aaron S. Michelson, MC-V,USNR.
Enlisted
No copy of the LAFFEY Muster Roll for the quarter ending September 30, 1942, is available. The original of this Muster Roll was submitted to the Bureau of Naval Personnel on or about October 3, 1942 from this area, with copy to Commander Service Force, Pacific Fleet, and was kept up to date by Reports of Changes. The LAFFEY has neither transferred nor received any enlisted personnel since the Muster Roll of September 30, 1942 was submitted. It is not possible to list accurately the enlisted personnel missing in action, but all men shown on the Muster Roll of this vessel for September 30, 1942 whose name are not shown in this Report of Casualties are unaccounted for and are considered by the Acting Commanding Officer to be in the category "Missing in Action". E.A. Barham, Lieutenant, U.S.N. Copy to: BuPers (2) CincPac(1) Comdg.Gen. Cactus-Ringbolt Area(1) Comdg.Off. Naval Activities, Cactus-Ringbolt Area(1)
FIRST ENDORSEMENT to: ADVANCED NAVAL BASE C.O. USS LAFFEY rpt. of Cactus-Ringbolt Personnel losses, A16-3, Dated 15 November 1942. 17 November 1942 A16-3 Serial 131 S E C R E T From: Commander Naval Activities, Cactus-Ringbolt Area. To : Commander Service Force, South Pacific. 1. Forwarded. W.G. GREENMAN



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