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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 1c John Sharp USN
SC 2c Norman Sims USN
Sea 1c Donald Skillen USN
Sea 2c Marcus Smith USN
SM 3c William Snapp USN
Sea 1c Bertram Solomon USN
SC 3c James Sorensen USN
MM 3c Frank Soward USN
F 2c George Stephens USN
MM 2c Cleo Sterling USN
SM 1c Lowell Stoner USN
Sea 1c John Stowell USN
GM 2c Darrold Stumpff USN
Ens Leonard Sulkis USN
OC 2c Ramon Taniega USN
Sea 2c Winfred Tanner USN
Cox James Taylor USN
Sea 2c Hugh Taylor USN
MM 2c Huse Terry USN
Sea 2c Lyle Thompson USN


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