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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
Sea 2c Glenn Smith USN
Sea 2c Sam Soliday USN
RM 3c Carl Stebbins USN
Sea 2c George Steuart USN
Sea 2c Donald Stewart USN
F 1c Robert Stretch USN
WT 2c Ernest Strouse USN
Sea 2c Craig Strozdas USN
Sea 1c Donald Stubblefield USN
Sea 2c Clifford Tatge USN
F 1c John Theriac USN
Sea 2c Leland Thompson USN
Matt 3c Edward Thornton USN
F 3c Leonard Thorpe USN
Sea 2c Philip Toner USN
Sea 1c Victor Toney USN
PhM 3c Henry Tucker USN
SK 3c Charles Tyler USN
MM 2c Chester Underwood USN
SC 3c John Varnum USN


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