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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 descending Service Branch
EM 3c Vernon Collins USN
MM 2c Sydney Comley USN
F 2c Hubert Compton USN
Sea 2c Joseph Coon USN
Y 3c Lawrence Crawford USN
Cox Forrest Crider USN
Ens William Crotty USN
Ens Louis Czado USN
Lt(jg) Lewis Davis USN
STM 1c Juan Diaz USN
Cox Herbert Dick USN
Sea 1c Ernest Dodd USN
MM 1c Everett Donahue USN
Sea 1c Jack Draper USN
F 1c Ivan Duval USN
SM 2c Marion Earhart USN
CWT Floyd Elliott USN
QM 3c Luther Ellzey USN
F 1c Conrad Endorf USN
Sea 1c Virgil Engelhart USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN Ret.