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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 ascending Service Branch
Sea 2c Lewis Gibson USN
F 1c Donald Gestner USN
WT 1c Samuel Gentry USN
Sea 1c Clifford Garner USN
StM 1c Lorenzo Garena USN
EM 1c Howard Gardner USN
Lt Nat Frey USN
MM 3c Elmer Fleury USN
Cox George Fisher USN
Cox Earnest Fields USN
CY Charles Fetterhoff USN
Std 3c Felipe Ferrer USN
StM 1c Dionisio Escuro USN
Sea 1c Dorsey Elkins USN
EM 1c Claire Dunphey USN
Sea 1c James Dunn USN
Bug 1c Gary Dudley USN
QM 1c Robert Dobler USN
F 1c Henry Dewey USN
ACMM Rudolph Deuschle USN


Various Sources