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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
MM 1c Marchell Hurst USN
Sea 2c Don Hyde USN
F 2c Henry Irons USN
Sea 1c Alfred Jablonski USN
Sea 2c Robert Johnson USN
Sea 2c Ernest Johnson USN
Sea 2c Marvin Kynerd USN
SM 1c Elbert Lacy USN
F 2c Lewis Lane USN
Sea 1c Llewellyn Larson USN
Sea 2c Harold Levy USN
Sea 2c Robert Lormis USN
Ens Chauncey Lyman USN
WT 1c Clyde Lynch USN
MM 2c Ralph Magnuson USN
Sea 2c Winston Manry USN
R Elec George Mansfield USN
F 3c Darrel Matzdorf USN
Sea 2c Ray Medow USN
F 3c Earl Miller USN


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