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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 Dominick Digiacomo USN
CMM Gori Digiulio USN
Sea 1c William Doig USN
BM 2c Harry Dowell USN
CCS Andrew Drabb USN
SK 3c DeForest Dye USN
SC 1c Ausburn Edwards USN
Sea 1c Carl Engelman USN
WT 1c Charles Ewing USN
Sea 2c Paul Fedico USN
CEM Harold Feese USN
Sea 2c Lee Ferreira USN
Std 3c Ah Foo USN
Sea 2c Paul Frame USN
Sea 2c Richard Fraser USN
CMM Claude Frensley USN
StM 2c Liu Fu USN
Sea 1c Richard Gaines USN
EM 1c Lee Ginwright USN
Ens Douglas Goff USN


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