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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
MM 3c Leland Conover USN
GM 2c Ralph Mccoy USN
MM 2c James Lawrence USN
Lt(jg) John Hays USN
Ens Douglas Goff USN
MM 3c Boyd Desart USN
MM 2c Harry Smart USN
RM 1c George Pegg USN
BM 1c Raymond Tuttle USN
F 1c Kenneth Bosley USN
CGM Willie Cooley USN
Sea 2c Agapito Mazon USN
PhM 2c Edward Latauskas USN
CBM Charles Hart USN
Sea 1c Richard Gaines USN
Sea 1c Louis Delprete USN
SK 2c Randall Simonson USN
CBM John Petroff USN
CWT Claude Stubblefield USN
F 2c Robert Breen USN


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