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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 1c Jack Overcash USN
QM 3c John Rayner USN
Sea 2c Clarence Dunn USN
F 2c Arnold Evans USN
Sea 1c William Hiatt USN
Y 3c Ralph Klein USN
Sea 2c John Manion USN
SM 2c Bradford Welch USN
TM 1c Lester Baker USN
MM 2c Arsen Boucher USN
OC 2c Ramon Taniega USN
StM 1c Siu Tso USN
CGM Andrew Ozment USN
Sea 1c Arthur Reeves USN
MM 3c Bloomfield Dietrich USN
MM 1c William Ellis USN
CM 3c Howard Henderson USN
CMM Robert Kirk USN
TM 3c Robert Marshall USN
TM 2c Jerry Zeiler USN


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