The Baby Name Buff: Memorial Day 2019 Edition

In honor of Memorial Day, and because my Grampy and Dad both served in the Navy in particular, this week’s post features baby names inspired by U.S. Navy ships that were sunk or damaged during World War II. As you read through this list, I hope you’ll also take a moment to mourn and meditate on the lives of any soldiers who may have gone down with these sunken vessels. The annotations for each ship are taken verbatim from this Wikipedia article.

Aludra
USS Aludra (AK-72) sunk after being torpedoed by Japanese submarine RO-103 off San Cristobal Island, Solomon Islands, 23 June 1943.

Astoria
USS Astoria (CA-34) sunk by gunfire of Japanese warships off Savo, Solomon Islands, 9 August 1942.

Benham
USS Benham (DD-397) Sunk after being damaged by a torpedo from a Japanese warship off Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 15 November 1942.

Bismarck
USS Bismarck Sea (CVE-95) sunk by kamikaze aircraft off Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 21 February 1945.

Calhoun
USS Colhoun (DD-801) sunk after being hit by four kamikaze aircraft off Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 6 April 1945.

Corvina
USS Corvina (SS-226) sunk after being torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-176 south-west of Truk, Caroline Islands, 16 November 1943.

Cythera
USS Cythera (PY-26) sunk after being torpedoed by German submarine off North Carolina, 2 May 1942.

Deimos
USS Deimos (AK-78) sunk after being torpedoed by Japanese submarine RO-103 off San Cristobal Island, Solomon Islands, 23 June 1943.

Dorado
USS Dorado (SS-248) probably sunk in error by US aircraft in the Caribbean Sea, 12 October 1943.

Drexler

USS Drexler (DD-741) sunk after being hit by two kamikaze aircraft off Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 28 May 1945.

Edsall
USS Edsall (DD-219) sunk by Japanese warships south of Java, Netherlands East Indies, 1 March 1942.

Eversole
USS Eversole (DE-404) sunk after being torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-45 east of Leyte, Philippine Islands, 28 October 1944.

Fiske
USS Fiske (DE-143) sunk after being torpedoed by German submarine U-804 north of Azores, 2 August 1944.

Grenadier
USS Grenadier (SS-210) sunk by Japanese aircraft off Penang, 22 April 1943.

Langley
USS Langley (AV-3) irreparably damaged by Japanese aircraft bombs south of Java, Netherlands East Indies, 27 February 1942, scuttled by destroyer Whipple (DD-217).

Lansdale
USS Lansdale (DD-426) sunk after being torpedoed by German aircraft off Cape Bengut, Algeria, 20 April 1944.

Lexington
USS Lexington (CV-2) sunk after being torpedoed by Japanese aircraft
during the Battle of the Coral Sea, 8 May 1942.

Liscome
USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56) sunk after being torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-175 off Gilbert Islands, 24 November 1943.

Niagara
USS Niagara (AGP-1) sunk by Japanese aircraft bombing near San Cristobal Island, Solomon Islands, 23 May 1943.

Rochester
Ex-USS Rochester (CA-2) scuttled as a block ship in Subic Channel, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 24 December 1941.

Sonoma
USS Sonoma (ATO-12) sunk by Japanese aircraft off Leyte, Philippine Islands, 24 October 1944.

Triton
USS Triton (SS-201) sunk by Japanese destroyers north of Admiralty Islands, 15 March 1943.

Valor
USS Valor (AMc-108) sunk in collision with USS Richard W. Suesens (DE-342) off Cuttyhunk Island, Buzzard’s Bay, Massachusetts, 29 June 1944.

Photo credit: Steve Lynes

Author: thebabynamebuff

Hi, I'm Vickie. I'm a baby name enthusiast, and I'm excited to share and discuss with others the unique baby names I find. Besides talking and writing about baby names all day long, I also enjoy spending time with family, hiking, astronomy, reading (mostly science fiction and dystopias), and all things Star Trek. (Are you noticing a theme?) I currently live in Champaign, IL with my husband, Kyle, and my son, Felix.

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