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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
Sea 1c Cecil Hutzel USN
RM 2c Fred Halliday USN
Sea 1c Edgar Graper USN
SC 3c Maurice Dean USN
PhM 3c Willard Smith USN
Lt Kenneth Pound USN
Sea 2c Buenaventura Videna USN
MM 2c Walter White USN
Y 1c Clyde Biggs USN
Std 2c Yau Cheong USN
StM 1c Chong Liu USN
QM 1c Walter Howell USN
CSK Robert Hare USN
Sea 1c Fred Graves USN
MM 1c Lloyd Darling USN
Sea 1c Neil Smith USN
MM 3c Lee Price USN
MM 3c Leonard Vaughn USN
CM 1c William Wood USN
MM 3c Wilbur Bolton USN


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