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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 John Sentell USN
CPhM Thomas Wetherell USN
Sea 1c Nicholas Kurz USN
Sea 1c Barry Steinberg USN
EM 1c Harry Clarke USN
LCdr Arthur Soule USN
AMM 1c Hyman Postman USN
SF 3c L. Solomon USN
F 2c Archie Delay USN
Cox Frank Kupczak USN
Sea 1c Carl Leigber USN
SK 2c John Welker USN
SF 3c Layton Bruchert USN
Cox Theodore Lampe USN
Sea 1c Richard Waldron USN
WT 2c James Hoagland USN
Bmkr 1c Orville Williams USN
CBM Harmon Cooper USN
QM 2c Robert Wheeler USN
RM 3c Donald Modrow USN


Various Sources