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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
Std 2c Elos Santos USN
F 2c Richard Satterfield USN
MM 3c Ralph Schuler USN
GM 3c Ray Schultz USN
MM 1c Donald Sego USN
Mach Paul Seifert USN
F 1c Allen Sellers USN
EM 1c Mendel Shealy USN
Sea 2c Robert Sigelko USN
Sea 2c Harold Smalley USN
Sea 2c Edwin Smith USN
Sea 2c Paul Sowers USN
F 2c Thomas Staten USN
Sea 2c Robert Stettler USN
CCM Roscoe Stevens USN
Lt Archibald Stone USN
Cox Donald Storm USN
SC 2c Clifton Swink USN
CWT Edward Szymaszek USN
MM 1c Harold Thorson USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN Ret.