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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
SC 3c Harold Byrne USN
Sea 1c Donald Swehla USN
MM 2c James Parks USN
Sea 1c Louis Robinson USN
F 1c Vernon Davidson USN
Lt Charles Holly USN
Sea 2c Henry Moore USN
WT 1c John Wolfe USN
Sea 1c Frank Michalowske USN
BM 2c Clyde Parker USN
Sea 2c Delbert Welch USN
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


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