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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 Paul Lenz USN
MM 1c Paul Lilley USN
BM 1c Alfred Lussier USN
Sea 2c John Manion USN
SM 2c Ernest Marette USN
TM 3c Robert Marshall USN
B 1c Truman Mccaslin USN
RM 2c August Menichetti USN
Sea 1c Paul Mitchell USN
F 1c Mario Morra USN
SK 1c Sam Morrow USN
Ck 3c Baltazar Movilla USN
QM 2c Frank Muldowney USN
WT 2c Joseph Nicholl USN
F 3c James Noe USN
MM 3c Charles Norris USN
Sea 2c Charles Odle USN
Sea 2c Avon Olson USN
Y 3c Bernard Oneil USN
Std 3c Emiliano Ormilla USN


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