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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
Sea 1c James Prows USN
Sea 2c Gerald Wilkie USN
Std 2c Vicente Tubao USN
F 2c Eugene Schaefer USN
MM 3c William Smiley USN
MM 1c Grafton Ryder USN
SF 2c Kearney Miller USN
Sea 1c Charles Caruthers USN
MM 2c James Burns USN
Sea 1c Walter Tierney USN
SK 1c Paul Phillips USN
Y 3c Cleo Roush USN
EM 1c Claire Dunphey USN
AMM 2c Fred Greer USN
MM 2c John Mihalovich USN
F 2c Randle Lynch USN
TM 1c Paul Lund USN
F 2c Edward Miller USN
SF 2c Lawrence Dehart USN
EM 1c Carl Bridges USN


Various Sources