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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
SC 3c William Herndon USN
CCS Michael Hebert USN
SK 2c Charles Hayes USN
Sea 2c Raymond Harris USN
Sea 2c Douglas Harris USN
Sea 2c Frank Harp USN
Sea 1c Harry Harmaning USN
Sea 2c Guredon Hansen USN
Sea 2c William Hammond USN
Sea 2c Jack Hall USN
Sea 2c Joseph Hall USN
Sea 2c Jack Haley USN
Sea 2c Joe Haley USN
CMM Alfred Hagel USN
SC 2c Howard Griggs USN
MM 1c William Grebenstein USN
Cox Earl Grass USN
MM 2c Peter Gordish USN
Sea 1c Seymour Glassberg USN
EM 2c Gerald Gieselman USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN Ret.