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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
MM 1c John Brennan USN
Cox Rudolph Brandt USN
MM 2c Arsen Boucher USN
CEM John Borowicz USN
MM 1c Alphonse Boris USN
Lt Alton Bookout USN
WT 2c Maurice Boeger USN
Sea 1c John Bishop USN
Sea 1c Hugh Biggerstaff USN
Sea 1c David Bettinger USN
TM 1c Frank Berry USN
MM 2c Alfred Berg USN
MM 3c Raymond Belk USN
WT 1c William Belk USN
Sea 1c Richard Bartoszewicz USN
Sea 1c Branson Barrett USN
Sea 1c Elmon Barnhill USN
MM 3c Joseph Barlow USN
Sea 1c James Barker USN
TM 1c Lester Baker USN


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