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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
GM 2c Con Sanderson USN
CMM Edward Romeo USN
Lt(jg) Glen Rings USN
Sea 1c Merle Riggs USN
CM 3c Herman Richter USN
Sea 1c Robert Rhoades USN
Bug 1c Sergio Rayandayan USN
F 1c William Radney USN
MM 3c Lee Price USN
Lt Kenneth Pound USN
CBM John Petroff USN
RM 1c George Pegg USN
Sea 2c Jose Parcero USN
Lt George Moseley USN
MM 3c G. Morgan USN
BM 2c Ernest Morey USN
MM 2c Herman Mirre USN
Lt Lion Miles USN
CMM Edward Milam USN
CY George Merkel USN


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