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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, March 1, 1942
Air Attack on USS Pecos
Underway in late February en route to India USS Pecos rendezvoused with Whipple and Edsall to take Langley survivors when enemy land based planes attacked the three ships. After fighting off the raiders, the US ships steamed south out of range and completed the transfer 1 March. ... A third strike from Japanese aircraft sent the veteran oiler to the bottom. Whipple raced to the scene and rescued 232 survivors. Pecos suffered 172 fatalities during the attack. Some of the Langley survivors were lost in the attack.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 262

Namesort descending Service Branch
AMM 1c Hyman Postman USN
Y 2c Fred Powers USN
Sea 1c James Prows USN
CBM Andrew Purl USN
Sea 1c James Puskas USN
Pay Clk Andrews Randall USN
Y 3c Richard Ratajik USN
Sea 1c Frank Rexin USN
Std 2c Victoriano Reyes USN
MM 2c James Reynolds USN
Sea 1c Joseph Richardson USN
EM 3c Elmer Richie USN
Sea 1c Ralph Riddlesperger USN
Sea 1c William Ridgeway USN
Sea 1c Louis Robinson USN
Sea 1c John Robinson USN
Std 2c Marcial Ronquillo USN
MM 2c Mark Ross USN
Y 3c Cleo Roush USN
SF 3c Eugene Rutledge USN


Various Sources