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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
Y 2c Fred Powers USN
AMM 1c Hyman Postman USN
SK 1c Paul Phillips USN
Sea 1c Stanley Phillips USN
EM 1c John Pennington USN
Ck 2c Mateo Penawin USN
Sea 1c Joseph Peden USN
CY Farrel Patton USN
CM 1c Lewis Patterson USN
MM 2c James Parks USN
BM 2c Clyde Parker USN
CM 2c John Palmer USN
RM 3c Douglas Otoole USN
CQM Wyott Ordung USN
SC 2c Howard Obrien USN
Sea 1c Floyd Nelson USN
Sea 1c Wilbur Naish USN
MM 2c John Musser USN
CMM Charles Mummey USN
F 2c William Morisette USN


Various Sources