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Asheville

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
CM 2c Johnnie Mattson USN
GM 1c Coleman Larson USN
Ens William Harris USN
SC 1c Ausburn Edwards USN
SK 3c DeForest Dye USN
Sea 1c Robert Rhoades USN
Sea 1c Walter Volkman USN
Sea 1c Paul Sparks USN
Cox Floyd Breon USN
SC 3c George Cox USN
Sea 1c William Mckibben USN
Sea 1c Thomas Lankford USN
Sea 1c William Holmes USN
Sea 1c Carl Engelman USN
CCS Andrew Drabb USN
Bug 1c Sergio Rayandayan USN
Y 3c Leo Wagoner USN
GM 3c Joseph Stanton USN
Sea 2c Feliciano Brion USN
MM 3c Joseph Coyne USN

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