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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
Sea 1c Jack Overcash USN
CGM Andrew Ozment USN
RM 2c Francis Parfitt USN
Sea 1c William Parker USN
Sea 1c Charles Parsons USN
SC 3c Cheston Peppers USN
BM 2c Raymond Phelps USN
LCdr Harold Pound USN
F 1c Lyman Pratt USN
QM 3c John Rayner USN
Sea 1c Arthur Reeves USN
B 2c Lyon Rhodes USN
Sea 1c Vernon Rice USN
Ens John Riley USN
EM 1c Clifford Risner USN
Sea 2c John Roe USN
SM 3c Robert Ross USN
Sea 1c Harry Salyer USN
SC 1c Harold Sanger USN
RM 2c Joseph Sauter USN


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