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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 James Mcnabb USN
Sea 2c Perry Langfitt USN
Sea 2c Frank Harp USN
MM 2c Peter Gordish USN
MM 3c Arthur Ferrari USN
Sea 2c Edwin Smith USN
MM 2c Fred Nisewonger USN
Sea 1c Robert Traver USN
Sea 1c Clyde Wilkerson USN
WT 2c Gordon Belknap USN
Sea 2c Joseph Coon USN
LCdr Lawrence Mcpeake USN
Bkr 3c Van Lambert USN
Sea 1c Harry Harmaning USN
EM 2c Gerald Gieselman USN
TM 1c Don Finney USN
Sea 2c Harold Smalley USN
Sea 1c Thomas Moriarty USN
Sea 2c George Unterkircher USN
SK 3c Wilson Wyatt USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN Ret.