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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
EM 3c Totsie Johnson USN
MM 2c Dwyce Wince USN
TM 1c Frank Berry USN
CSM Burnard Christie USN
Sea 1c John Stowell USN
F 1c Lyman Pratt USN
RM 2c Joseph Sauter USN
TM 1c John Sharp USN
Ck 1c Pedro Flores USN
EM 2c Earl Gilbrech USN
WT 2c William Hart USN
TM 2c Samuel Jerome USN
MM 2c Fred Williams USN
MM 1c Wilson Lee USN
Sea 1c David Bettinger USN
MM 2c Gerod Cotten USN
GM 2c Darrold Stumpff USN
Sea 2c Charles Odle USN
SC 1c Harold Sanger USN
Sea 2c Charles Drake USN


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