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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
CY Farrel Patton USN
Sea 1c Frank Rexin USN
F 1c Henry Dewey USN
AM 1c John Ham USN
AMM 2c Chester Mead USN
SK 3c Eugene Waters USN
Sea 1c Lamar Harron USN
F 1c Kenneth Mckindsey USN
Ptr 2c Johnnie Sessions USN
RM 1c George Copeland USN
Sea 1c Robert Holder USN
EM 1c Howard Gardner USN
Sea 1c John Clifton USN
PhM 1c George Kiesling USN
AOM 2c Ralph Cason USN
SK 3c Lee Taylor USN
Y 2c Fred Powers USN
Sea 2c George Small USN
Sea 1c William Deeb USN
Lt James Handley USN


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