GUS B. LOFBERG, JR., LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Gus Lofberg, Jr. '27

Date of birth: April 6, 1903

Date of death: September 5, 1942

Age: 39

Lucky Bag

From the 1927 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Gus was lost when USS Little (APD 4) was sunk was sunk near Guadalcanal by Japanese surface forces early in the morning of September 5, 1942. He was the ship's commanding officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Silver Star

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.

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Harry Bauer '27 was in command of USS Gregory (APD 3), which was also lost in this action.


Class of 1927

Gus is one of 43 members of the Class of 1927 in Memorial Hall.