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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
ACMM Rudolph Deuschle USN
Sea 1c James Sharp USN
Sea 1c Everett Swiger USN
Sea 2c Joseph Stratton USN
AOM 1c Russell Hannah USN
CM 2c Joel Campbell USN
MM 2c Frank Tafuro USN
CM 1c Lewis Patterson USN
Sea 1c John Robinson USN
Sea 1c Laco Decamp USN
Sea 1c Allen Hoey USN
F 1c Marvin Mccollough USN
ACMM James Wynne USN
Lt Walter Bailey USN
CRM Leland Leonard USN
EM 1c John Pennington USN
QM 1c Robert Dobler USN
Sea 1c William Ridgeway USN
Pay Clk Andrews Randall USN
MM 2c James Reynolds USN


Various Sources