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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
Gunner Clarence Ingerson USN
SM 1c Thomas Sullivan USN
CBM Arthur Wickham USN
Std 3c Macario Saprid USN
Sea 1c Francis Wolven USN
MM 3c William Smiley USN
MM 1c Grafton Ryder USN
SF 2c Kearney Miller USN
Sea 1c Charles Caruthers USN
EM 2c William Burcher USN
Sea 2c Edwin Thedford USN
Cox Harry Walker USN
RM 2c Robert Sanderlin USN
Sea 1c James Dunn USN
SK 1c George Gill USN
Ens Walter Menchuk USN
Y 3c John Martin USN
BM 1c Albert Littlefield USN
Sea 1c James Prows USN
Sea 2c Gerald Wilkie USN


Various Sources