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The United States Navy Memorial

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 2c Edwin Smith USN
Sea 2c Harold Smalley USN
Sea 2c Robert Sigelko USN
EM 1c Mendel Shealy USN
F 1c Allen Sellers USN
Mach Paul Seifert USN
MM 1c Donald Sego USN
GM 3c Ray Schultz USN
MM 3c Ralph Schuler USN
F 2c Richard Satterfield USN
Std 2c Elos Santos USN
Bkr 2c William Sanders USN
WO David Ryan USN
MM 3c James Rowley USN
Sea 1c Sidney Rowe USN
Sea 1c C. Rowe USN
F 2c Henry Rogers USN
CY Harry Robinson USN
MM 2c Theodore Reichert USN
Sea 2c Urban Rassatt USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN Ret.