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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
Ptr 1c Malcolm Tadlock USN
SM 1c Clyde Albee USN
F 1c Benjamin Broiles USN
Sea 1c Thomas Cummings USN
RM 3c Antonio Mercuri USN
StM 2c Deh Ku USN
MM 1c Norman Hergert USN
StM 2c Liu Fu USN
CMM Gori Digiulio USN
CMM Edward Romeo USN
SK 3c Elmer Ward USN
Sea 1c Earlie Terry USN
CQM Earl Askew USN
F 2c Fred Brown USN
MM 3c Loren Dale USN
CMM Edward Milam USN
EM 3c William Kerr USN
MM 1c Harry Grote USN
CMM Claude Frensley USN
Sea 1c Robert Sheldon USN


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