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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 descending Service Branch
SK 3c Walter Townley USN
SF 1c Lawrence Townsend USN
StM 1c Siu Tso USN
CM 3c Clarence Tucker USN
GM 3c Glenn Tunis USN
Ck 3c Lorenzo Verano USN
Sea 1c Andrew Villari USN
SF 3c Louis Vitelli USN
Lt Arthur Vorpahl USN
CRM Perry Walker USN
SM 2c Bradford Welch USN
Sea 1c William Wetsel USN
SM 3c Jack Whiteford USN
MM 3c Robert Wiles USN
MM 2c Fred Williams USN
CM 3c John Williams USN
Sea 1c Paris Williams USN
FC 2c Johnnie Wilmoth USN
Sea 1c Paul Winburn USN
MM 2c Dwyce Wince USN


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