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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
SK 2c Loren Crouch USN
RM 3c Rex Crowley USN
Sea 2c Russell Croxen USN
Sea 2c Harold Cummins USN
Sea 2c Manuel Davilla USN
Sea 1c August Dhondt USN
Sea 2c Kenneth Dowdy USN
Sea 2c Roland Dudley USN
F 2c Audress Dunn USN
RM 3c Edmund Dunn USN
F 3c James Ellis USN
OC 2c Fermin Felosofo USN
Sea 2c Attilio Ferrari USN
WT 2c Dale Flory USN
RM 3c William Forbes USN
F 2c Howard Foster USN
SK 3c Robert Fredrickson USN
Sea 2c Herman Frohnhafer USN
EM 2c Delvan Gaylord USN
WT 1c Joseph Gelinas USN


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