Daily Event for December 12

Dec. 12, 1942 during the continuing battles around Guadalcanal the US Navy and Imperial Japanese navies
both lost ships. The Japanese lost the destroyer Teruzuki when she was attacked by the PT-37 and PT-40 off
Guadalcanal. (alternative sources indicate the Teruzuki was sunk by PT-45 20 miles north of Kolombangara
Island but this seems unlikely) There were 353 survivors, many picked up by Japanese destroyers but, 156
managed to reach Guadalcanal.

In a reversal of firepower not far away near Savo Island the destroyers Suzukaze and the Kawakaze pounced
on the USS PT-44 sinking her and leaving only two survivors from the twelve man crew.
© 2006 Michael W. Pocock

Roll of Honor
In memory of those who lost their lives in
"As long as we embrace them in our memory, their spirit will always be with us"

Bartell, Frederick O.
Gunner's Mate 1st Class
Chester, John D.
Ensign (USNR)
Cread, Walter I.
Fireman 2nd Class (USNR)
Crowe, Willard A.
Quartermaster 1st Class
Freeland, Frank
Lieutenant (USNR)
Commanding officer
Giddens, Roy A.
Machinist's Mate 1st Class
Hubbard, Lewis B.
Motor Machinist's Mate 1st Class (USNR)
Moore, Walter A.
Radioman 1st Class
Rihn, Burnell V.
Torpedoman 1st Class
Saliba, George
Ship's Cook 3rd Class (USNR)

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