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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 Reynold Crawford USN
BM 2c Ernest Morey USN
Cox Clyde Kraemer USN
B 1c Raydeen Hey USN
Sea 2c Paul Fedico USN
Sea 1c William Doig USN
Sea 1c Merle Riggs USN
Sea 2c Otto Walls USN
Sea 1c Charles Tate USN


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