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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 descending Service Branch
CEM Orville Loe USN
Std 2c Jose Lupa USN
F 1c Roy Marchand USN
SC 2c Ralph Markell USN
RM 3c Mitchell Marks USN
Sea 2c Samuel Marsh USN
WT 2c Edgar Mcginty USN
Sea 1c James Mcnabb USN
LCdr Lawrence Mcpeake USN
MM 1c Charles Menten USN
BM 1c Samuel Miller USN
MM 3c Merle Mizer USN
Sea 1c Thomas Moriarty USN
PhM 2c Alfred Moyle USN
EM 3c George Nelon USN
Sea 1c Emery Nelson USN
MM 2c Lester Nielsen USN
MM 2c Fred Nisewonger USN
MM 2c Clayton Oelke USN
QM 2c Robert Osborne USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN Ret.