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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
MM 1c Tyrus Simmons USN
EM 3c Elmer Richie USN
Std 3c Felipe Ferrer USN
AMM 3c Walter Kearney USN
WT 1c Samuel Gentry USN
Sea 1c Albert Stewart USN
GM 2c Robert Boswell USN
MM 2c Max Henriksen USN
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


Various Sources