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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
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

Namesort descending Service Branch
GM 3c Albert Busky USN
GM 3c Thomas Cameron USN
Sea 2c Louis Cardy USN
MM 2c Herman Carter USN
QM 2c Mark Casella USN
F 1c Henry Chapman USN
Sea 2c Davis Charlton USN
F 3c David Christian USN
Sea 2c Richard Clark USN
Matt 2c Willie Coates USN
Sea 2c Allie Collette USN
EM 3c Leland Collier USN
Sea 2c Virgil Colson USN
GM 3c Claud Cooper USN
SK 3c Earl Couse USN
Sea 2c Ross Covina USN
Sea 2c Pearlin Cox USN
Sea 2c Noel Craven USN
F 3c Lynn Creech USN
SM 2c Louis Crosby USN


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