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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
CM 3c Howard Henderson USN
CMM Robert Kirk USN
TM 3c Robert Marshall USN
TM 2c Jerry Zeiler USN
Sea 1c James Barker USN
Cox Rudolph Brandt USN
Cox James Taylor USN
CRM Perry Walker USN
RM 2c Francis Parfitt USN
Sea 1c Vernon Rice USN
SM 3c Harvey Davis USN
CCS Alton Elliott USN
Sea 2c Eugene Helms USN
PhM 1c Richard Keeran USN
BM 1c Alfred Lussier USN
Sea 1c Francis Glassett USN
MM 3c Joseph Barlow USN
MM 1c John Brennan USN
Sea 2c Hugh Taylor USN
SF 3c Louis Vitelli USN


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