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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
LCdr Robert Germany USN
TM 2c Welch Gaylor USN
Lt(jg) Edmundo Gandia USN
RM 3c William Gallagher USN
F 2c Charles Fulton USN
Sea 1c Walter Fronkieucyz USN
F 1c Warren Frazier USN
WT 2c Carl Flynn USN
Ck 1c Pedro Flores USN
F 2c Donald Fleming USN
MM 3c George Fisher USN
CBM Ernest Fischer USN
Lt(jg) Howard Fischer USN
Sea 2c Joseph Fetko USN
Sea 2c John Ferrero USN
Sea 1c Warren Farquhar USN
Sea 1c Thomas Farnsworth USN
F 1c Carl Fairbanks USN
F 2c Arnold Evans USN
MM 1c William Ellis USN


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