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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
MM 2c Jack Vogan USN
EM 2c Joe Rogers USN
ACRM Harrison Nobbs USN
CM 2c Leon Brooks USN
EM 3c Leland Collier USN
F 2c Audress Dunn USN
Sea 1c William Hames USN
MM 1c Elijah Moore USN
Sea 2c Ernest Johnson USN
F 3c Leonard Thorpe USN
Matt 2c Othello Wadley USN
GM 1c Emil Rogalla USN
OStd 2c Sinforoso Paguirisgan USN
Lt(jg) Robert Allsopp USN
Sea 1c Voris Brownfield USN
Sea 2c Virgil Colson USN
RM 3c Edmund Dunn USN
Sea 2c Charles Hamrick USN
F 2c Anthony Mondi USN
Sea 2c James Howard USN

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