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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 ascending Service Branch
Cox James Saul USN
CCS Garvyn Runyan USN
MM 1c Richard Rowley USN
Sea 2c Marshall Rowell USN
Sea 2c Gerald Routledger USN
F 3c Earnest Roland USN
EM 2c Joe Rogers USN
GM 1c Emil Rogalla USN
CWT William Reynolds USN
F 3c Floyd Resley USN
Sea 2c James Ramos USN
SC 3c Stanley Raimer USN
Sea 2c Robert Pursley USN
F 1c Richard Prentice USN
F 3c Julian Ponce USN
Ens Ralph Plumb USN
Ens Oscar Peterson USN
Sea 2c Robert Peterson USN
F 3c Leroy Pearce USN
EM 2c Harry Patterson USN


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