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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 ascending
F 1c James Clayton USN
CWT Henry Spoo USN
CBM Andrew Purl USN
EM 2c Lloyd Smith USN
CCM Russell Demarais USN
MM 3c Kenneth Landon USN
Sea 1c Woodford Leggett USN
CMM Andrew Zini USN
Ck 1c Florencio Delacruz USN
EM 2c Maxie Clippard USN
Std 2c Victoriano Reyes USN
PhM 3c Edwin Hoekstra USN
SK 3c Fayette Lamphere USN
Sea 2c Lewis Gibson USN
Sea 1c James Warren USN
RM 3c Douglas Otoole USN
SC 1c George Cooper USN
Sea 1c Walter Stansbury USN
Sea 1c James Puskas USN
QM 3c Duane Smith USN


Various Sources