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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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

Name Service Branchsort descending
MM 3c Joseph Barlow USN
MM 1c John Brennan USN
Sea 2c Hugh Taylor USN
SF 3c Louis Vitelli USN
Sea 1c William Parker USN
B 2c Lyon Rhodes USN
CBM Ernest Fischer USN
Sea 2c Phillip Edmonds USN
LCdr Ted Hilger USN
TM 2c Raleigh Killgore USN
MM 1c Harry Wood USN
Sea 1c Elmon Barnhill USN
MM 3c Roy Brickley USN
MM 3c Frank Soward USN
Lt Arthur Vorpahl USN
Ck 3c Baltazar Movilla USN
SC 2c Norman Sims USN
Lt(jg) Howard Fischer USN
F 2c Charles Fulton USN
SM 2c Robert Hilliard USN