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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
Cox Louis Funck USN
PhM 3c Robert Frost USN
EM 2c Charles Freeburger USN
F 1c Meldean Fraser USN
Sea 1c Julian Fox USN
TM 1c Don Finney USN
MM 3c Arthur Ferrari USN
Sea 1c Gerald Fenchel USN
PhM 3c John Fast USN
B 1c Merrill Fahnestock USN
MM 1c Peter Engelland USN
Sea 1c Virgil Engelhart USN
F 1c Conrad Endorf USN
QM 3c Luther Ellzey USN
CWT Floyd Elliott USN
SM 2c Marion Earhart USN
F 1c Ivan Duval USN
Sea 1c Jack Draper USN
MM 1c Everett Donahue USN
Sea 1c Ernest Dodd USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN Ret.