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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 1c Alvin Haigh USN
Std 3c Ah Foo USN
Sea 1c Richard Schenk USN
Lt George Moseley USN
MM 3c Orlando Timmons USN
Sea 1c James Watkins USN
CSK Bryant Bentley USN
Cox Albert Carradino USN
PhM 2c Junior Leigh USN
Sea 2c Nuel Jones USN
StM 1c Ching Kong USN
M 1c Anthony Governale USN
Sea 2c Lee Ferreira USN
RM 3c Robert Smith USN
Sea 2c Jose Parcero USN
Y 3c John Tinkle USN
Sea 1c Billy Westfall USN
MM 2c George Berezny USN
StM 2c Chih Cheng USN
CSF Jesse Learish USN


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