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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
Std 3c Andres Arquilla USN
MM 1c Alphonse Boris USN
Ens Leonard Sulkis USN
GM 3c Glenn Tunis USN
Std 3c Emiliano Ormilla USN
EM 1c Clifford Risner USN
MM 3c Wallace Dunn USN
F 1c Carl Fairbanks USN
RM 3c Alfred Guarino USN
M 1c Donald King USN
SM 2c Ernest Marette USN
Sea 1c William Wetsel USN
Sea 1c Carl Atkinson USN
CEM John Borowicz USN
Sea 2c Winfred Tanner USN
CM 3c Clarence Tucker USN
Sea 1c Jack Overcash USN
QM 3c John Rayner USN
Sea 2c Clarence Dunn USN
F 2c Arnold Evans USN


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