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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 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
SF 3c Eugene Rutledge USN
SM 3c John Carr USN
Sea 2c Henry Talley USN
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


Various Sources