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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
QM 2c Frank Muldowney USN
Sea 1c Bertram Solomon USN
MM 3c George Fisher USN
TM 2c Welch Gaylor USN
MM 3c Paul Harper USN
MM 1c Ernest Jones USN
Sea 1c Paul Winburn USN
MM 2c Alfred Berg USN
StM 1c Chang Chong USN
SM 1c Lowell Stoner USN
LCdr Harold Pound USN
WT 2c Joseph Nicholl USN
SM 3c William Snapp USN
F 2c Donald Fleming USN
CTM Frank Giesen USN
BM 2c Ramon Hartenberger USN
EM 3c Totsie Johnson USN
MM 2c Dwyce Wince USN
TM 1c Frank Berry USN
CSM Burnard Christie USN


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