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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
F 3c George Goff USN
Sea 1c Hugh Gonia USN
F 1c Robert Gracey USN
Lt(jg) John Greathouse USN
Sea 1c Brevis Gregston USN
F 3c Dale Guthrie USN
Sea 2c Luis Gutierrez USN
Matt 2c Julio Guzman USN
F 1c William Hackworth USN
Sea 1c William Hames USN
Sea 2c Charles Hamrick USN
Sea 1c George Hanis USN
Sea 2c James Hardwick USN
F 1c Otis Hartman USN
MM 1c Albin Haugen USN
GM 2c Elliott Haynes USN
Sea 2c Grover Hough USN
Sea 2c James Howard USN
F 2c John Hudson USN
Sea 2c David Huntsman USN


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