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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 ascending
GM 2c Con Sanderson USN
MM 2c Robert Tucker USN
SC 3c Kenneth Terry USN
Bkr 2c Walter Balaski USN
MM 3c Robert Brown USN
F 2c Chester Mathis USN
Lt Lion Miles USN
Sea 1c Charles Kjorness USN
WT 2c Hubert Griffith USN
Sea 2c Richard Fraser USN
WT 1c Henry Selfridge USN
Sea 1c Charles Sawyer USN
Ens Richard Towill USN
Sea 1c George Weeks USN
Cox Casimer Balcerek USN
F 1c Wallace Bunker USN
SC 1c Frank Massiongale USN
Cox Charles Jerome USN
StM 2c Ah King USN
Lt Louis Gulliver USN


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