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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, February 4, 1942
Air Attack in the Java Sea
Marblehead successfully evaded 3 waves of attack. On the 4th wave, seven bombers released bombs at the ship. Two were direct hits and the third a near miss causing severe underwater damage and jamming the rudder causing her to steam in circles. Fire swept the ship and she began to settle by the bow. ... 15 crew members were killed and another 34 were seriously injured. ... Two hours after the Japanese attack ship’s damage control parties had brought fires under control, restored some watertight integrity and reduced the degree on the jammed rudder. Ship was able to steer employing her engines and retired to Tjilatjap for further repairs

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 14

Namesort descending Service Branch
BM 1c Glenn Basinger USN
CWT George Beckendorf USN
CWT Edward Beggs USN
Lt Edward Blessman USN
SK 2c David Hodges USN
SC 2c Stanley Knipp USN
CWT Kenneth Knisley USN
Sea 1c Albert Mele USN
EM 1c John Owen USN
OC 3c Sing Ping USN
QM 3c George Rankert USN
MM 2c Orville Sayles USN
Matt 1c Ping Tseng USN
Matt 1c Shao Yao USN
Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)