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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
Sea 2c John Roe USN
MM 2c Eldridge Duplichain USN
Sea 1c Walter Fronkieucyz USN
Sea 2c Victor Hagen USN
Sea 1c Clark Hatfield USN
B 1c Truman Mccaslin USN
FC 2c Johnnie Wilmoth USN
CY Anthony Aquino USN
WT 2c Maurice Boeger USN
Sea 2c Lyle Thompson USN
SK 3c Walter Townley USN
F 3c James Noe USN
SM 3c Robert Ross USN
Std 2c Florencio Echaluce USN
Sea 1c Thomas Farnsworth USN
MM 3c Paul Gund USN
GM 1c James Harper USN
MM 1c Paul Lilley USN
MM 3c Robert Wiles USN
EM 3c Max Arnold USN


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