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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
GM 1c James Harper USN
MM 1c Paul Lilley USN
MM 3c Robert Wiles USN
EM 3c Max Arnold USN
Lt Alton Bookout USN
MM 2c Huse Terry USN
SF 1c Lawrence Townsend USN
Y 3c Bernard Oneil USN
Ens John Riley USN
CBM Peter Droy USN
Sea 1c Warren Farquhar USN
F 1c Ray Grinstead USN
F 2c Billy Hall USN
MM 1c Paul Lenz USN
SM 3c Jack Whiteford USN
Std 3c Andres Arquilla USN
MM 1c Alphonse Boris USN
Ens Leonard Sulkis USN
GM 3c Glenn Tunis USN
Std 3c Emiliano Ormilla USN


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