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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 1c Charles Vance USN
GM 2c Dennis Wright USN
QM 1c Harley Berry USN
Cox Forrest Crider USN
MM 3c Merle Mizer USN
Lt Joseph Lacombe USN
CCS Michael Hebert USN
Cox Louis Funck USN
STM 1c Juan Diaz USN
MM 2c Theodore Reichert USN
Sea 2c Robert Palmer USN
Cox Donald Storm USN
Cox Otto Blyton USN
Ens William Crotty USN
BM 1c Samuel Miller USN
Stm 1c Tomas Lacaman USN
SK 2c Charles Hayes USN
CWT Floyd Elliott USN
Cox Herbert Dick USN
Sea 2c Urban Rassatt USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN Ret.