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The U.S.S. Neosho at Coral Sea

The U.S.S. Henley (DD-391)


On the afternoon of May 11, 1942, the destroyer U.S.S. Henley discovered the stricken tanker, U.S.S. Neosho, listing in the Coral Sea with 123 men on board.   After expediting the transfer of survivors, the Henley tried to sink the Neosho to prevent the ship from falling into the hands of the Japanese.  The Henley fired a torpedo -- which was a dud.  The second torpedo found its mark but it failed to sink the Neosho.  The Henley then opened fire with its 5" guns.  After the Henley fired 146 rounds, the Neosho sunk into the Coral Sea, stern first.  Many of the Neosho survivors wept as they watched the ordeal from the railing of the Henley and as the Neosho slipped under the waves, they said a final farewell to their faithful friend.

After the Neosho was sunk, the Henley searched for additional survivors of the Neosho.  Failing to find any, it sped for the nearest hospital, at Brisbane, Australia.

Here are some photos of the U.S.S. Henley:

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Table of Contents:

U.S.S. Neosho  (AO-23)

U.S.S. Neosho (AO-23) Home Page


Specifications of the U.S.S. Neosho

The Four U.S.S. Neoshos


Photo Gallery of the U.S.S. Neosho


The Pearl Harbor Attack  (December 7, 1941)

Prelude to War:  Conflict in the Far East

Bill Leu's Early Years

The U.S.S. Neosho at Pearl Harbor

Bill Leu Interview:  Pearl Harbor Attack

U.S. Navy Action Report:  U.S.S. Neosho


The Battle of the Coral Sea  (May 1942)

The Battle of the Coral Sea:  Summary

Battle Action:  April 30 - May 4, 1942 

Battle Action:  May 5 - May 7, 1942

Battle Action:  May 8, 1942

The U.S.S. Neosho at Coral Sea

May 7, 1942:  The Attack

May 8, 1942:  Waiting For Rescue

May 9, 1942:  Fading Hope

May 10, 1942:  Neosho Sighted

May 11, 1942:  Rescue

List of Survivors & Casualties

The Battle of the Coral Sea  (May 1942 - cont.)

Bill Leu Interview:  Battle of the Coral Sea

U.S. Navy Action Reports:  Coral Sea

Action Report of the U.S.S. Neosho

Action Report of the U.S.S. Sims

U.S.S. Helm Report

Other Ships at Coral Sea

The U.S.S. Sims (Neosho's Escort)

The U.S.S. Henley (Neosho's Rescuer)

The U.S.S. Helm (Rescued Life Raft)

Coral Sea Scrapbook

S.F. Examiner Article, July 10, 1942



President Bush's Speech at Pearl Harbor

Seattle Times:  Bill Leu at Pearl Harbor

Obituary of Captain John S. Phillips


U.S.S. Neosho Veteran's Forum


Sources & Further Information

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