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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
F 1c Richard Prentice USN
Sea 2c Robert Pursley USN
SC 3c Stanley Raimer USN
Sea 2c James Ramos USN
F 3c Floyd Resley USN
CWT William Reynolds USN
GM 1c Emil Rogalla USN
EM 2c Joe Rogers USN
F 3c Earnest Roland USN
Sea 2c Gerald Routledger USN
Sea 2c Marshall Rowell USN
MM 1c Richard Rowley USN
CCS Garvyn Runyan USN
Cox James Saul USN
Sea 2c Cecil Sawyer USN
Sea 2c Frank Scarborough USN
Y 3c Eugene Self USN
BM 2c Wendell Shaw USN
Sea 2c Robert Shroyer USN
Bkr 3c Leonard Smith USN

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