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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 descending
Sea 1c C. Rowe USN
CGM John Poston USN
F 2c Thomas Staten USN
Lt(jg) Lewis Davis USN
Sea 1c Henry Buchanan USN
RM 3c Mitchell Marks USN
MM 2c Harold Kahn USN
Bkr 3c William Keller USN
MM 1c Jesse Hill USN
MM 1c Peter Engelland USN
Sea 1c Ernest Dodd USN
MM 3c James Rowley USN
MM 2c Angelo Postiglion USN
Sea 2c Paul Sowers USN
F 1c Anello Papa USN
Sea 1c James Campbell USN
SC 2c Ralph Markell USN
Ck 3c Esperidion Joyo USN
Sea 1c Frederick Klefisch USN
SC 3c William Herndon USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN Ret.