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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 Herbert Dick USN
STM 1c Juan Diaz USN
Lt(jg) Lewis Davis USN
Ens Louis Czado USN
Ens William Crotty USN
Cox Forrest Crider USN
Y 3c Lawrence Crawford USN
Sea 2c Joseph Coon USN
F 2c Hubert Compton USN
MM 2c Sydney Comley USN
EM 3c Vernon Collins USN
Y 3c Gilbert Cline USN
Sea 2c Paul Charboneau USN
Y 1c Raymond Carrier USN
Ck 1c Federico Carpio USN
Sea 1c James Campbell USN
Sea 1c Henry Buchanan USN
MM 1c Clyde Bryant USN
CWT Frank Brown USN
MM 2c James Bridges USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN Ret.