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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Bkr 2c William Sanders USN
MM 3c William Patterson USN
SC 2c Clifton Swink USN
StM 1c Inocencio Aflague USN
Y 1c Raymond Carrier USN
CEM Orville Loe USN
EM 2c George Howrey USN
GM 3c Frank Kocsis USN
Sea 2c Jack Haley USN
PhM 3c John Fast USN
GM 3c Ray Schultz USN
F 2c Richard Satterfield USN
WT 2c Joseph Patingre USN
MM 1c Harold Thorson USN
SK 3c Otis Barnes USN
Sea 2c Paul Charboneau USN
GM 2c Harley Lee USN
RM 2c Wilson Howard USN
SK 2c Vincent Koenig USN
Sea 2c Joe Haley USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN Ret.