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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 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
Bkr 2c Robert Mclean USN
EM 2c Dean Weatherman USN
EM 1c Harold Hasselbrink USN
AMM 3c John Mckinstry USN
RM 2c Taylor Shields USN
Cox William Conrad USN


Various Sources