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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
F 1c Wallace Bunker USN
CEM William Carlin USN
Cox Albert Carradino USN
StM 2c Chih Cheng USN
Std 2c Yau Cheong USN
MM 2c Eugenio Cipolla USN
MM 3c Leland Conover USN
CGM Willie Cooley USN
MM 3c Lyle Cooper USN
SC 3c George Cox USN
MM 3c Joseph Coyne USN
MM 3c Reynold Crawford USN
Sea 1c Walter Crum USN
Sea 1c Thomas Cummings USN
MM 3c Loren Dale USN
MM 1c Lloyd Darling USN
SC 3c Maurice Dean USN
Sea 1c Louis Delprete USN
MM 3c Boyd Desart USN
MM 1c Elmer Detzel USN


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