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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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
StM 1c Siu Tso USN
CGM Andrew Ozment USN
Sea 1c Arthur Reeves USN
MM 3c Bloomfield Dietrich USN
MM 1c William Ellis USN
CM 3c Howard Henderson USN
CMM Robert Kirk USN
TM 3c Robert Marshall USN
TM 2c Jerry Zeiler USN
Sea 1c James Barker USN
Cox Rudolph Brandt USN
Cox James Taylor USN
CRM Perry Walker USN
RM 2c Francis Parfitt USN
Sea 1c Vernon Rice USN
SM 3c Harvey Davis USN
CCS Alton Elliott USN
Sea 2c Eugene Helms USN
PhM 1c Richard Keeran USN
BM 1c Alfred Lussier USN