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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
PhM 3c Carl Coplin USN
Sea 2c Errol Stevens USN
SC 2c Howard Obrien USN
PhM 2c Purdy Sharp USN
MM 3c Elmer Fleury USN
CSF Van Langdon USN
Sea 1c Tracy Mansfield USN
Std 2c Marcial Ronquillo USN
QM 3c Clifford Simpson USN
Sea 1c Henry Lancaster USN
StM 1c Lorenzo Garena USN
RM 3c Hohlaus Hanson USN
EM 1c Earl Griffin USN
Sea 1c Frank Hickman USN
RM 2c Charles Bristow USN
AMM 3c Milton Gleeson USN
StM 1c Dionisio Escuro USN
MM 2c Nelson Craig USN
Y 3c James Stoller USN
CM 2c John Palmer USN


Various Sources