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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
Sea 1c Cecil Hutzel USN
Cox Charles Jerome USN
Bkr 3c Harold Jones USN
Sea 2c Nuel Jones USN
EM 3c William Kerr USN
StM 2c Ah King USN
GM 3c Paul King USN
Sea 1c Charles Kjorness USN
StM 1c Ching Kong USN
CMM William Kovarnik USN
Cox Clyde Kraemer USN
StM 2c Deh Ku USN
MM 2c Carl Lambert USN
Sea 1c Thomas Lankford USN
GM 1c Coleman Larson USN
PhM 2c Edward Latauskas USN
MM 2c James Lawrence USN
CSF Jesse Learish USN
PhM 2c Junior Leigh USN
StM 1c Chong Liu USN


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