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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 1c Merle Stone USN
Sea 2c Joseph Stratton USN
SM 1c Thomas Sullivan USN
SK 1c Harry Swann USN
Sea 1c Donald Swehla USN
Sea 1c Everett Swiger USN
MM 2c Frank Tafuro USN
Sea 2c Henry Talley USN
SK 3c Lee Taylor USN
GM 1c Claude Terry USN
Sea 2c Edwin Thedford USN
Sea 1c Jack Thomas USN
Ens James Thurman USN
Sea 1c Robert Thurston USN
Sea 1c Walter Tierney USN
MM 2c Grover Todd USN
Sea 2c Arthur Toft USN
Std 2c Vicente Tubao USN
Mach Edward Visnesky USN
Sea 2c Peter Vitale USN


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