GUS B. LOFBERG, JR., LCDR, USN
Gus Lofberg, Jr. '27
Date of birth: April 6, 1903
Date of death: September 5, 1942
From the 1927 Lucky Bag:
His wife was listed as next of kin.
Gus' Silver Star citation was quoted in part in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on August 8, 1943:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as commanding oflicer of the U. S. S. Little during action … when hostile vessels moved in under the misty haze of night and bombarded our shore positions, Lieutenant Commander Lofberg, although seriously handicapped by limitation of fire power and reduction of armament, unhesitatingly steamed forward to challenge the attacking foe. Suddenly spotlighted under a flood of illumination from two forces of Japanese destroyers, he fought his ship with courageous determination and grim defiance, well aware that she was unequipped to engage an outnumbering force in battle. Scoring several hits on the enemy while attempting to withdraw before a vigorous curtain of fire, he kept his guns blazing away until the Little was eventually struck and set aflame. His brilliant leadership and relentless fighting spirit, maintained with utter disregard for personal safety, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States naval service.
Harry Bauer '27 was in command of USS Gregory (APD 3), which was also lost in this action.