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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
TM 3c Quinton Hausman USN
Sea 1c William Hazen USN
Sea 2c Eugene Helms USN
CM 3c Howard Henderson USN
Sea 1c William Hiatt USN
LCdr Ted Hilger USN
SM 2c Robert Hilliard USN
F 1c John Hollingsworth USN
TM 2c Samuel Jerome USN
EM 3c Totsie Johnson USN
MM 1c Ernest Jones USN
PhM 1c Richard Keeran USN
TM 2c Raleigh Killgore USN
M 1c Donald King USN
CMM Robert Kirk USN
Y 3c Ralph Klein USN
MM 2c Michailis Kramer USN
CMM Richard Lang USN
RM 3c Wilbur Lauridsen USN
MM 1c Wilson Lee USN


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