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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
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
Sea 2c Paul Frame USN
F 1c Earnest Scott USN
MM 3c G. Morgan USN
Cox James Trammell USN
Sea 1c Irel Warren USN
SK 1c Stanley Bargiel USN
CEM William Carlin USN
Sea 2c Ben Massengale USN
Bkr 3c Harold Jones USN
GM 3c Paul King USN


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