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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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
MM 2c Harold Kahn USN
Bkr 3c William Keller USN
F 1c Bernard Kennedy USN
WT 2c William Kern USN
MM 3c Lawrence Kinney USN
Sea 1c Frederick Klefisch USN
GM 3c Frank Kocsis USN
SK 2c Vincent Koenig USN
CMM John Kraus USN
Stm 1c Tomas Lacaman USN
Lt Joseph Lacombe USN
Ens Charles Laird USN
Bkr 3c Van Lambert USN
Sea 2c Perry Langfitt USN
Sea 2c Robert Lass USN
Sea 1c Eddie Laster USN
MM 2c Walter Ledgerwood USN
GM 2c Harley Lee USN
MM 3c Vernon Lewis USN
SC 3c Henry Lheureux USN