USS Meredith (i)(DD-434)

Casualty List

Navy US Navy
Type Destroyer
Class Benson / Gleaves 
Pennant DD 434 
Built by Boston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down 1 Jun 1939 
Launched 24 Apr 1940 
Commissioned 1 Mar 1941 
Lost 15 Oct 1942 
Loss position Lat11-53 S. Long.163-20 E  (near San Cristobal, Solomon Islands)
History USS Meredith (Cmdr Harry Enson Hubbard) was lost near San Cristobal Island in the Solomons. Sunk by air attack while escorting the USS Vireo and petrol barges, alerted to the oncoming attack had taken on the crew from the Vireo which was abandoned and left adrift. The Japanese dive bombers appeared from the carrier Shokaku concentrated their attack on the Meredith sinking her with many hits and then strafed the survivors. 185 were killed and 78 survived from the Meredith, and 55 were killed and 15 survived from the vireo. The commanding officer of the Meredith died of wounds and the Commanding officer of the Vireo Lt James Claude Legg survived though wounded as was every one else. The survivors were rescued by the USS Grayson, Gwin and Seminole and also PBY VP-51.