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Neosho

Ship Designation: 
AO-23
Date Lost: 
Thursday, May 7, 1942
Battle of the Coral Sea
As the American and Japanese fleets maneuvered in preparation for the Battle of the Coral Sea, Neosho fueled Yorktown (CV-5) and Astoria (CA-34), then retired from the carrier force with a lone escort, Sims (DD-409). ... The following day Japanese aircraft spotted the two ships, and believing them to be a carrier and her escort, launched the first of two attacks which sank Sims and left Neosho, victim of 7 direct hits and a suicide dive by one of the bombers, ablaze aft and in danger of breaking in two. She had shot down at least 3 of the attackers .... Neosho suffered 177 fatal casualties in the attack. ... Superb seamanship and skilled damage control work kept Neosho afloat for the next four days. The sorely stricken ship was first located by an RAAF aircraft, then an American PBY. ... On 11 May, Henley (DD-391) arrived to rescue the 123 survivors and to sink by gunfire, Neosho that had been so valiantly kept alive against impossible odds.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 174

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 2c Frank Baker USN
Sea 2c Louis Cardy USN
F 3c Lynn Creech USN
SK 3c Robert Fredrickson USN
F 3c Dale Guthrie USN
F 3c Earl Miller USN
MM 1c Marchell Hurst USN
WT 2c Ernest Strouse USN
Bkr 3c Leonard Smith USN
EM 2c Harry Patterson USN
SC 1c Nelson Wilson USN
Sea 2c Frank Balzer USN
MM 2c Herman Carter USN
SM 2c Louis Crosby USN
Sea 2c Herman Frohnhafer USN
Matt 2c Julio Guzman USN
Sea 2c Winston Manry USN
Sea 1c Alfred Jablonski USN
RM 3c Carl Stebbins USN
Sea 2c Robert Shroyer USN

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Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)