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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
MM 3c Lee Price USN
F 1c William Radney USN
Bug 1c Sergio Rayandayan USN
Sea 1c Robert Rhoades USN
CM 3c Herman Richter USN
Sea 1c Merle Riggs USN
Lt(jg) Glen Rings USN
CMM Edward Romeo USN
GM 2c Con Sanderson USN
Sea 1c Charles Sawyer USN
Sea 1c Richard Schenk USN
F 1c Earnest Scott USN
WT 1c Henry Selfridge USN
Sea 1c Robert Sheldon USN
SK 2c Randall Simonson USN
MM 2c Harry Smart USN
RM 3c Robert Smith USN
PhM 3c Willard Smith USN
Sea 1c Neil Smith USN
MM 3c Chester Smith USN


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