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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
RM 3c Antonio Mercuri USN
Sea 1c William Mckibben USN
GM 2c Ralph Mccoy USN
Sea 2c Agapito Mazon USN
CM 2c Johnnie Mattson USN
F 2c Chester Mathis USN
SC 1c Frank Massiongale USN
Sea 2c Ben Massengale USN
MM 3c Robert Llewellyn USN
StM 1c Chong Liu USN
PhM 2c Junior Leigh USN
CSF Jesse Learish USN
MM 2c James Lawrence USN
PhM 2c Edward Latauskas USN
GM 1c Coleman Larson USN
Sea 1c Thomas Lankford USN
MM 2c Carl Lambert USN
StM 2c Deh Ku USN
Cox Clyde Kraemer USN
CMM William Kovarnik USN


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