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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 ascending
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
SC 3c Cheston Peppers USN
F 1c Mario Morra USN
Sea 2c Marcus Smith USN
Sea 2c Joseph Fetko USN
RM 3c William Gallagher USN
Sea 1c Lester Harris USN
RM 3c Wilbur Lauridsen USN
Sea 1c Charles Wise USN
WT 1c William Belk USN
F 2c Robert Campbell USN
F 2c George Stephens USN
Sea 1c Charles Parsons USN


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