Astoria Sinks Killing 219 Souls

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Astoria

The USS Astoria (CA-34) was a United States Navy New Orleans-class cruiser.  She participated in the battle of the Coral Sea and the Battle of Midway.

She was involved with major encounters during the Battle of Savo Island in Solomon Islands on August 8th & 9th, 1942.  She provided air cover and shore support.

Twelve US and Australian ships were attacked by eight Japanese warships near Savo Island. In a span of 30 minutes, Astoria was hit around 65 times.  By the time Astoria’s crew could steer her to safety, it was engulfed with serious fire and was sinking due to leaks.

She disappeared beneath the waves on August 9, 1942 with more than half of her crew.  Officially, 219 men were reported missing or killed. With 3 heavy cruisers sunk, the Battle of Savo is often considered to be the worst naval defeat in US history.

Source: Wikipedia

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