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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
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
WT 2c Carl Flynn USN
LCdr Robert Germany USN
Sea 1c William Hazen USN
RM 2c August Menichetti USN
CM 3c John Williams USN
Sea 1c Branson Barrett USN
Sea 1c Hugh Biggerstaff USN
F 1c Russell Craig USN


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