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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 ascending Service Branch
SM 3c William Snapp USN
Sea 2c Marcus Smith USN
Sea 1c Donald Skillen USN
SC 2c Norman Sims USN
TM 1c John Sharp USN
RM 2c Joseph Sauter USN
SC 1c Harold Sanger USN
Sea 1c Harry Salyer USN
SM 3c Robert Ross USN
Sea 2c John Roe USN
EM 1c Clifford Risner USN
Ens John Riley USN
Sea 1c Vernon Rice USN
B 2c Lyon Rhodes USN
Sea 1c Arthur Reeves USN
QM 3c John Rayner USN
F 1c Lyman Pratt USN
LCdr Harold Pound USN
BM 2c Raymond Phelps USN
SC 3c Cheston Peppers USN


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