The U.S.S. TABBERER commemorates the Naval career of Lieutenant (junior grade) Charles Arthur Tabberer, USNR, who was born in Kansas City, Kansas, on 18 December 1915. He was officially reported missing in action 7 August 1942, when the plane he was piloting failed to return from the Battle of the Solomon Islands.
Lieutenant (junior grade) Tabberer was leading a two-plane section of his squadron against hostile forces of 27 twin-engine bombers in the Solomon Islands. He was awarded the American Defense Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, and the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and extraordinary achievement during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands area on 7 August 1942. Lieutenant (jg) Tabberer, although viciously intercepted by Zero fighters, gallantly pressed home his attacks until his plane was shot down. His courageous fighting spirit and resolute devotion to duty contributed to the destruction of at least five enemy bombers and undoubtedly played a major role in disrupting the enemy attack.