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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
SC 2c Norman Sims USN
Lt(jg) Howard Fischer USN
F 2c Charles Fulton USN
SM 2c Robert Hilliard USN
MM 2c Michailis Kramer USN
CMM John Wood USN
Sea 1c Richard Bartoszewicz USN
RM 3c Douglas Brown USN
SC 3c James Sorensen USN
BM 2c Raymond Phelps USN
SK 1c Sam Morrow USN
Sea 1c Donald Skillen USN
Sea 2c John Ferrero USN
Lt(jg) Edmundo Gandia USN
F 1c John Hollingsworth USN
CMM Richard Lang USN
F 1c Howard Wise USN
MM 3c Raymond Belk USN
Y 2c Joseph Brubaker USN
MM 2c Cleo Sterling USN


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