Military History/USS Astoria CA-34


tk wrote at 2008-07-13 01:24:13
My grandfather was a survivor of this ship and has passed away two years ago as of may. he kept his uniform and articles and pictures and we have them as to this day.

Dave wrote at 2008-07-17 16:38:02
My dad was also killed in the same battle.  My daughter found a book, which I am unable to find

at this time.  I will leave my e-mail and save this

page. When and if I find the book I will list it


Carolyn Fry wrote at 2009-08-12 04:04:12
I am looking for information on Harold E. "Tut" Fry , my grandfather who survived the USS Astoria CA-34. His best friend died in his arms until he was forced to abandon ship. He later went on to serve in the Navy as a Commanding Officer until he retired sometime after 1961. If you have any photos or memories please post them at

jhanson wrote at 2010-12-08 15:41:40
My grandfather was on Astoria and passed away 6 years ago.  There is a book out there called the USS Astoria and The Men Who Sailed Her.  It was written by survivors.

My grandfather was the signalman that signaled the Bagley to come get sailors off ship as it was going down.  The Bagley also rescued sailors from the water.

Astoria left Pearl on Dec. 5th 1941 on patrol.

Sue wrote at 2011-01-13 03:49:28
My Father was also on the USS Astoria CA-34 and was an injured survivor when she went down during the Battle Of Savo Island.

He passed away in 1971 but I have been doing research on his Military Career since 1989. During this time I have met 3 Shipmates who are all still alive today. One of them I have become very good friends with and he has gratefully shared info with me and we speak often. I probably have every book written on this ship; 'The USS Astoria (CA-34) And The Men Who sailed Her' .. 'Savo: The Incredible Naval Debacle Off Guadalcanal' and even the 'USS Astoria CA-34 1934-1942 Log Book' which was issued to only the Men aboard her.

I would like to share/swap info with the others who have written here that also have asked about the USS Astoria CA-34 but I do not know how to go about it, as in Contact info, Addresses etc...

Thank You!


Shelley wrote at 2011-12-07 15:40:20
My Great Uncle died aboard the Astoria. CCMP Edward Scott Osborn. He died on his wife's birthday 8/8/1942. If anyone has any information on him I would love to have it. Thank you in advance.

Joan Romney wrote at 2012-09-18 18:39:56
My father, August (Moose) Jesser, was also on the USS Astoria ca-34, when she went down in 1944.  He was an electrician.  Fortunately, he survived the ordeal.

He was a quiet man, and didn't speak about any details of what happened, other than that he was in the water several hours and that he saw other men being attacked by sharks. He passed away in May of 1992.  I did not realize how terrible

the battle was until just recently. I have started reading books and searching web sites for information on the Astoria and her crew.  I wish that I would have learned more directly from my dad.  They were a brave crew ! God Bless them all!

Dianne wrote at 2013-09-01 17:14:11
My late father, Eldred "Bud" Biggs served on the Astoria from April 1936 until the end of 1939 and participated in the famous Saito cruise.  I inherited his "USS Astoria" photo album with log pages.   I have MANY pictures of crew members during that time as well as pictures of the ship, ports visited, the Saito cruise and Shanghai port (during the China/Japan conflict).  

Dianne wrote at 2013-09-01 17:17:13
You all have likely already seen the website  Pictures and information available.  

Roy Follendore wrote at 2016-04-19 13:32:02
My uncle Keith Morley (S2c) was listed MIA at Savo on the Astoria. I never met him and only have a single picture of him as a baby, but I  became the keeper of his medals and certificates. His humble war medals now hang next to my door so that I can remember him as I come and go. Keith grew up in Abingdon VA and worked in the Barter Theater playhouse.  He enlisted in the Navy as 17. I was told that Keith was a talented dancer and singer who sometimes entertained the crew on the Astoria during holidays.  

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Retired US Navy, stationed 10 years in Hawaii. Study of the early years of the Pacific War 1941-42, including the attack on Pearl Harbor. Easy access to actual sites in and around Pearl Harbor. More limited knowledge of general WWII history in the Pacific.


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