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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
EM 1c Earl Griffin USN
Sea 1c Frank Hickman USN
RM 2c Charles Bristow USN
AMM 3c Milton Gleeson USN
StM 1c Dionisio Escuro USN
MM 2c Nelson Craig USN
Y 3c James Stoller USN
CM 2c John Palmer USN
Sea 1c Alfred Sheets USN
Cox George Fisher USN
Sea 1c Eugene Lawson USN
Sea 1c Joseph Longo USN
Sea 1c Ralph Riddlesperger USN
Ck 3c Ambrocio Soniga USN
CY Charles Fetterhoff USN
Ck 1c Hilario Magno USN
PhM 2c Joseph Moffett USN
CM 1c Eddie Hurlocker USN
CPrtr Harry Holtzman USN
Sea 1c Maximilian Krenzel USN


Various Sources