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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 Lyle Cooper USN
CGM Willie Cooley USN
MM 3c Leland Conover USN
MM 2c Eugenio Cipolla USN
Std 2c Yau Cheong USN
StM 2c Chih Cheng USN
Cox Albert Carradino USN
CEM William Carlin USN
F 1c Wallace Bunker USN
F 2c Fred Brown USN
MM 3c Robert Brown USN
F 1c Benjamin Broiles USN
Cox David Brizendine USN
LCdr Jacob Britt USN
Sea 2c Feliciano Brion USN
Cox Floyd Breon USN
F 2c Robert Breen USN
F 1c Kenneth Bosley USN
MM 1c James Bonnell USN
MM 3c Wilbur Bolton USN


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