Claude Raymond Huffman
-Attended Knoxville High School
-Buried at Honolulu Memorial in Honolulu, HI, C, 1124
-Parents: Mr. and Mrs. John P. Huffman, 209 Springdale Avenue, Knoxville
Born 6 April 1911
Died 5 October 1943
Lt Huffman served on the U.S.S. Saufley (DD465). He was initially buried at Guadalcanal Cemetery. Solomon Islands.
The Saufley, in company with the USS Radford and USS Grayson, participated in the destruction of 24 (50/75) feet long Japanese barges. Return machine gun fire from Japanese barges did no damage to any of the ships. The first of October, with Radford, Grayson and Lavallette, this ship destroyed 9 of 10 enemy barges off Kolombangara, New Georgia Island; two were definitely sunk by this ship. Later that night the ship was under bombing attack; a near bomb put the SC radar out of commission and some thirty fragments penetrated the hull and superstructure. Thirteen men were injured including Lieutenant Claude Raymond Huffman.
He was sent to the US Naval Base Hospital #7 on 2 October 1943 and later died of his wounds.