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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
Action south of Java
Pillsbury and the remnants of the Asiatic Fleet were fighting a holding action, staging out of Balikpapan and Tjilatjap, ports in the Netherlands East Indies when they encountered a powerful Japanese force operating to the south of Java. ... The Japanese force consisted of four battleships, five cruisers, aircraft carrier Soryu and the destroyers of Destroyer Squadron 4. In a night surface action, Pillsbury and Asheville were sunk by teamwork firing of three cruisers and two destroyers in Bali Strait, Netherlands East Indies. ... No survivors were picked up by the Japanese warships.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 185

Namesort descending Service Branch
MM 1c Alphonse Boris USN
CEM John Borowicz USN
MM 2c Arsen Boucher USN
Cox Rudolph Brandt USN
MM 1c John Brennan USN
MM 3c Roy Brickley USN
RM 3c Douglas Brown USN
Y 2c Joseph Brubaker USN
F 2c Robert Campbell USN
StM 1c Chang Chong USN
CSM Burnard Christie USN
MM 2c Gerod Cotten USN
F 1c Russell Craig USN
QM 1c John Culpepper USN
SM 3c Harvey Davis USN
MM 3c Bloomfield Dietrich USN
Sea 2c Charles Drake USN
CBM Peter Droy USN
MM 3c Wallace Dunn USN
Sea 2c Clarence Dunn USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)