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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
CGM John Poston USN
MM 2c Angelo Postiglion USN
Y 3c John Porter USN
MM 3c John Pienciak USN
MM 1c William Peck USN
Cox Thomas Payne USN
MM 3c William Patterson USN
WT 2c Joseph Patingre USN
F 1c Anello Papa USN
Sea 2c Robert Palmer USN
F 1c George Ostrowski USN
QM 2c Robert Osborne USN
MM 2c Clayton Oelke USN
MM 2c Fred Nisewonger USN
MM 2c Lester Nielsen USN
Sea 1c Emery Nelson USN
EM 3c George Nelon USN
PhM 2c Alfred Moyle USN
Sea 1c Thomas Moriarty USN
MM 3c Merle Mizer USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN Ret.