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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, March 1, 1942
Air Attack Near Christmas Island
In early 1942, Pecos headed for Surabaja, Java where she fueled Allied ships. Departing after a Japanese air raid had made that base untenable, Tjilatjap then became the oiler's base. Underway in late February en route to India she rendezvoused with Whipple and Edsall to take Langley survivors when enemy land based planes attacked the three ships. After fighting off the raiders, the US ships steamed south out of range and completed the transfer 1 March. ... Japanese aircraft from carrier Soryu attacked Pecos andstruck again an hour later. Finally at midafternoon, a third strike sent theveteran oiler to the bottom. Whipple raced to the scene and rescued 232 survivors. Pecos suffered 172 fatalities during the attack

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 171

Namesort descending Service Branch
StM 1c Genaro Acosta USN
StM 1c Inocencio Aflague USN
SK 3c Otis Barnes USN
Cox Othar Barnhart USN
F 1c William Batcheldor USN
Bos'n Robert Baumker USN
MM 2c Bentone Beall USN
WT 2c Gordon Belknap USN
CBM Theron Benton USN
QM 1c Harley Berry USN
Cox Otto Blyton USN
MM 2c James Bridges USN
CWT Frank Brown USN
MM 1c Clyde Bryant USN
Sea 1c Henry Buchanan USN
Sea 1c James Campbell USN
Ck 1c Federico Carpio USN
Y 1c Raymond Carrier USN
Sea 2c Paul Charboneau USN
Y 3c Gilbert Cline USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN Ret.