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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
M 1c Anthony Governale USN
Sea 1c Edgar Graper USN
Sea 1c Fred Graves USN
WT 2c Hubert Griffith USN
MM 1c Harry Grote USN
Lt Louis Gulliver USN
Sea 1c Alvin Haigh USN
RM 2c Fred Halliday USN
CSK Robert Hare USN
Ens William Harris USN
CBM Charles Hart USN
Lt(jg) John Hays USN
MM 1c Lawrence Headly USN
QM 1c George Heeren USN
MM 1c Norman Hergert USN
B 1c Raydeen Hey USN
Cox Louis Higgins USN
Sea 1c William Holmes USN
QM 1c Walter Howell USN
F 1c Atwood Hubbard USN


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