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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 ascending Service Branch
Sea 1c Nicholas Zullo USN
MM 3c Troy Young USN
SK 3c Wilson Wyatt USN
GM 2c Dennis Wright USN
Sea 1c Clyde Wilkerson USN
SF 1c Lawrence Weiss USN
GM 2c Robert Ward USN
Sea 1c Charles Vance USN
Sea 2c George Unterkircher USN
Sea 1c Robert Traver USN
CGM Frank Timmons USN
MM 1c Harold Thorson USN
CWT Edward Szymaszek USN
SC 2c Clifton Swink USN
Cox Donald Storm USN
Lt Archibald Stone USN
CCM Roscoe Stevens USN
Sea 2c Robert Stettler USN
F 2c Thomas Staten USN
Sea 2c Paul Sowers USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN Ret.