Allied Warships

USS Juneau (CL 52)

Anti-aircraft cruiser of the Atlanta class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeAnti-aircraft cruiser
PennantCL 52 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered25 Apr 1939 
Laid down27 May 1940 
Launched25 Oct 1941 
Commissioned14 Feb 1942 
Lost13 Nov 1942 
Loss position10° 33'S, 161° 03'E

USS Juneau (Capt. Lyman Knute Swenson, USN) was sunk by torpedoes off Guadalcanal. First hit by one torpedo from Japanese surface forces and again from Japanese submarine I-26 in position 10°33'S, 161°03'E while withdrawing from the battle scene along with the rest of the American force.

The second torpedo hit the same location as did the first, causing a terrific explosion breaking already damaged the ship in two and taking all but 10 of its crew down with it. Among the lost on the Juneau were the 5 Sullivan brothers and the Commanding officer.

When the Juneau was hit with the torpedo that was fired to finish off the USS San Francisco, 140 men were known to have survived the sinking. But due to the rest of the ships fleeing the area, only 10 were still alive when they were discovered after a week, including an officer with a bad leg wound.


Commands listed for USS Juneau (CL 52)

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1T/Capt. Lyman Knute Swenson, USN14 Feb 194213 Nov 1942 (+)

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14 Feb 1942
Commissioned on Saturday morning 14 February 1942 in Berth 16, alongside Pier 2, Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York. First and only commanding officer of USS Juneau (CL-52) was Captain Lyman Knute Swenson, USN (born 23 October 1892, Pleasant Grove, Utah). The first Executive Officer was Commander Walter Ellery Moore, USN (born 9 April 1900, California).

13 Nov 1942
Four pharmacists from Juneau had been transferred earlier in the day to the USS San Francisco to operate on its mortally wounded Captain, Cassin Young. (1)


  1. Personal communication

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