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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 Otto Blyton USN
QM 1c Harley Berry USN
CBM Theron Benton USN
WT 2c Gordon Belknap USN
MM 2c Bentone Beall USN
Bos'n Robert Baumker USN
F 1c William Batcheldor USN
Cox Othar Barnhart USN
SK 3c Otis Barnes USN
StM 1c Inocencio Aflague USN
StM 1c Genaro Acosta USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN Ret.