USS Northampton (CA 26)
Heavy cruiser of the Northampton class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||12 Apr 1928|
|Launched||5 Sep 1929|
|Commissioned||17 May 1930|
|Lost||1 Dec 1942|
|Loss position||9° 12'S, 159° 50'E|
During the Battle of Tassafaronga on 30 November 1942, USS Northampton (Captain Willard Augustus Kitts) was hit by two "Long Lance" torpedoes from the Japanese destroyer Oyashio and sank the following day 50 died and 35 were wounded as a result and 775 survivors were rescued by the USS Drayton/Fletcher which included the Commanding officer;off Lunga Point in position 09º12'S, 159º50'E.
Commands listed for USS Northampton (CA 26)
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|1||Walter Newhall Vernon, USN||17 May 1930||6 Nov 1932|
|2||Samuel Spottswood Payne, USN||7 May 1939||28 Mar 1941|
|3||William Dwight Chandler, Jr., USN||28 Mar 1941||Sep 1942|
|4||Captain Willard Augustus Kitts, III, USN||Sep 1942||1 Dec 1942|
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