Harry A. Cornell

Harry Cornell9/23/1923-10/6/1943, Age 20

Mr. Cornell was from Pontiac, MI.  He was stationed aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Selfridge.  He was killed in the battle of Vella Lavella.  He was killed when a torpedo from a Japanese destroyer struck the Selfridge's port side.  Thirteen crewmembers were killed, eleven wounded and thirty-six missing.  His niece says that his mother never accepted the fact that he was dead since his body was never recovered.