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USS Juneau (CL-52) Memorial

‘Lest We Forget’

 
 
USS <i>Juneau</i> [CL-52] Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 16, 2013
1. USS Juneau [CL-52] Marker
Inscription.
Center Marker Panel:
[Rendering of the cruiser USS Juneau(CL-52)]

'Lest We Forget'

The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal was as ferocious
and decisive as any battle of World War II. It
was not won cheaply. The night action of Friday
the thirteenth of November, 1942 was the last day
of life for eight ships and hundreds of sailors
including the USS Juneau CL-52. Juneau was in the
thick of the battle until an enemy torpedo knocked
her out of action. Retiring from the battle, an
enemy submarine took Juneau in her sights and
at 11:01 another torpedo found its mark. The cruiser
disintegrated instantaneously and completely.
All but 10 of her crew of 700 perished including
the five Sullivan brothers.

Left and Right Marker Panels:
[Renderings of the USS Juneau] with the names and ratings of all crew members assigned and aboard as of the morning of Nov 13, 1942.
 
Erected 2012 by City and Borough of Juneau.
 
Location. 58° 17.63′ N, 134° 23.87′ W. Marker is in Juneau, Alaska, in Juneau Borough. Marker is on The 'Sea Walk' at the Cruise Ship Landing Pier west of South Franklin Street
USS <i>Juneau</i> [CL-52] Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 16, 2013
2. USS Juneau [CL-52] Memorial
with the "Lest We Forget" marker panel set between the two panels containing the names and ratings of the ship's 687 crew members - all but ten of whom were killed in action when their ship was sunk by the Imperial Japanese Navy on Friday, 13 November 1942.
. Click for map. The memorial is off the 'Sea Walk', against the railing in front of the flag pole. Marker is in this post office area: Juneau AK 99801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alaska Juneau Mill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Manila Square (approx. 0.4 miles away); Patsy Ann: her statue (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hard Rock Miners (approx. half a mile away); Archie Van Winkle (approx. half a mile away); Liberty Bell Reproduction (approx. 0.7 miles away); St. Nichlolas Russian Orthodox Church (approx. ¾ mile away); Alaska Native Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Juneau.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaces a smaller one originally located near the present site of the downtown Visitor’s Center (58° 17' 48.62" N 134° 24' 5.80" W). The original marker was dedicated by the City and Borough of Juneau on July 5, 1987. The original plaques were placed on a new base and rededicated in their new location along the sea walk at a remembrance ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the ship’s sinking.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship,
USS <i>Juneau</i> (CL-52) Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By U.S. Navy
3. USS Juneau (CL-52) Memorial Marker
study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. U.S.S. Juneau Memorial rededicated. Includes a video of the rededication ceremony. (Submitted on July 20, 2014, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. Crew List: Sailors assigned to USS Juneau on 13 November 1942. (Submitted on July 22, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. USS Juneau [CL-52] Memorial Center - Kearney, New Jersey. (Submitted on July 20, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
4. Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. (Submitted on July 20, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Anti-aircraft, light cruiser; South Pacific Campaign; Naval Battle of Guadalcanal; Solomon Islands; "The Fighting Sullivans".
 
Categories. DisastersWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 467 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   2. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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