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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

Namesort ascending Service Branch
SM 2c Ernest Marette USN
Sea 2c John Manion USN
BM 1c Alfred Lussier USN
MM 1c Paul Lilley USN
MM 1c Paul Lenz USN
MM 1c Wilson Lee USN
RM 3c Wilbur Lauridsen USN
CMM Richard Lang USN
MM 2c Michailis Kramer USN
Y 3c Ralph Klein USN
CMM Robert Kirk USN
M 1c Donald King USN
TM 2c Raleigh Killgore USN
PhM 1c Richard Keeran USN
MM 1c Ernest Jones USN
EM 3c Totsie Johnson USN
TM 2c Samuel Jerome USN
F 1c John Hollingsworth USN
SM 2c Robert Hilliard USN
LCdr Ted Hilger USN


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