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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 ascending
Sea 2c William Hammond USN
CMM Alfred Hagel USN
F 1c Meldean Fraser USN
F 1c Allen Sellers USN
EM 3c George Nelon USN
Cox Thomas Payne USN
MM 3c Troy Young USN
F 1c William Batcheldor USN
EM 3c Vernon Collins USN
SC 3c Henry Lheureux USN
Sea 2c Robert Lass USN
Sea 2c Jack Hall USN
Cox Earl Grass USN
EM 2c Charles Freeburger USN
Mach Paul Seifert USN
Sea 1c Emery Nelson USN
MM 3c John Pienciak USN
SF 1c Lawrence Weiss USN
Bos'n Robert Baumker USN
MM 2c Sydney Comley USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN Ret.