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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, March 3, 1943
Action south of Java
While attempting to proceed to Australia and hampered by chronic engine problems, Asheville was steaming toward a designated rendezvous point 500 miles SW of Tjilatjap to join up with other units of Asiatic Fleet. Unbeknownst to Asheville rendezvous point had been compromised and Japanese destroyer and cruiser were lying in wait for the arrival of US forces. Japanese poured gunfire into Asheville for 30 minutes rendering grave damage. ... The ship sank from gunfire damage sustained from Japanese attack and 160 members of the crew went down with the ship. There was one survivor who was rescued by Japanese destroyer and interred in a POW camp in the Celebes. He died in March 1945 while a prisoner of the Japanese.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 169

Namesort ascending Service Branch
MM 3c Orlando Timmons USN
Sea 1c Earlie Terry USN
SC 3c Kenneth Terry USN
Sea 1c Charles Tate USN
Ptr 1c Malcolm Tadlock USN
CWT Claude Stubblefield USN
SM 1c Edwin Steinbeck USN
GM 3c Joseph Stanton USN
Sea 1c Paul Sparks USN
RM 3c Robert Smith USN
PhM 3c Willard Smith USN
Sea 1c Neil Smith USN
MM 3c Chester Smith USN
MM 2c Harry Smart USN
SK 2c Randall Simonson USN
Sea 1c Robert Sheldon USN
WT 1c Henry Selfridge USN
F 1c Earnest Scott USN
Sea 1c Richard Schenk USN
Sea 1c Charles Sawyer USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)