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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
F 2c Charles Fulton USN
RM 3c William Gallagher USN
Lt(jg) Edmundo Gandia USN
TM 2c Welch Gaylor USN
LCdr Robert Germany USN
CTM Frank Giesen USN
EM 2c Earl Gilbrech USN
Sea 1c Francis Glassett USN
F 1c Ray Grinstead USN
RM 3c Alfred Guarino USN
MM 3c Paul Gund USN
Sea 2c Victor Hagen USN
F 2c Robert Hale USN
F 2c Billy Hall USN
GM 1c James Harper USN
MM 3c Paul Harper USN
Sea 1c Lester Harris USN
WT 2c William Hart USN
BM 2c Ramon Hartenberger USN
Sea 1c Clark Hatfield USN


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