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Allen M. Sumner

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, January 6, 1945
Kamikaze Attack at Lingayen Gulf
Early on 6 January, SUMNER moved into Lingayen Gulf to support minesweeping operations. Around noon, her unit came under air attack by kamikazes. The first plane retreated in the face of a heavy antiaircraft barrage while the second attacker hovered just out of range as a decoy to mask a run in by a third suicider. The latter plane dove on SUMNER strafing as he came. He swooped in out of the sun on the destroyers port bow and crashed into her near the after stack and after torpedo mount. The warship lost 16 men killed and 27 injured. Extensive damage required her to retire from the gulf and join the heavy units of TG 77.2.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 14

Namesort descending Service Branch
EM 3c Jerome Arendt USN
TM 3c Richard Beris USN
Sea 1c William Corring USN
CPhM Lem Gillett USN
Sea 2c Fred Griffin USN
EM 1c William Grubb USN
F 1c Charles Hardison USN
TM 3c Andrew Hoys USN
Sea 2c Bristol Johnson USN
TM 2c John Nordell USN
MM 2c Ralph Rupracht USN
Sea 2c Eugene Sullivan USN
F 2c James Tomlinson USN
SF 2c Sylvester Weichenmaier USN