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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
StM 1c Ching Kong USN
Sea 1c Charles Kjorness USN
StM 2c Ah King USN
GM 3c Paul King USN
EM 3c William Kerr USN
Bkr 3c Harold Jones USN
Sea 2c Nuel Jones USN
Cox Charles Jerome USN
Sea 1c Cecil Hutzel USN
F 1c Atwood Hubbard USN
QM 1c Walter Howell USN
Sea 1c William Holmes USN
Cox Louis Higgins USN
B 1c Raydeen Hey USN
MM 1c Norman Hergert USN
QM 1c George Heeren USN
MM 1c Lawrence Headly USN
Lt(jg) John Hays USN
CBM Charles Hart USN
Ens William Harris USN


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