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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, May 13, 1945
Air Attack near Okinawa
On May 13, several enemy dive-bombers attacked Bache's picket station and one completed a successful suicide attack. ... The wing of the plane struck near number two stack, catapulting the plane down on the main deck amidships, with its bomb exploding about seven feet above the main deck. ... Forty-one of the crew were killed and 32 were injured. All steam and electrical power were lost. ... Fires were brought under control within 20 minutes by the valiant efforts of the damage control parties on Bache and she was towed to Kerama Retto, Okinawa, for temporary repairs and then returned to New York for permanent repairs.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 41

Namesort descending Service Branch
SK 1c Walter Alestek USN
MM 3c John Armstrong USN
F 2c Richard Atkin USN
Sea 1c Adrian Attwell USN
TM 3c Salvatore Baglia USN
RDM 2c William Becker USN
Sea 1c Warner Bruner USN
Sea 2c Edward Brzinski USN
SM 2c Lloyd Cantrell USN
CEM Charlie Castleberry USN
Sea 2c Carl Clendenning USN
Ens Hal Farthing USN
SOM 3c George Hagadish USN
MM 1c Harold Henderson USN
Sea 1c Daniel Hermosillo USN
MM 3c Morris Holsey USN
EM 2c Billie Hottle USN
Sea 2c Frederick Keck USN
F 2c Gustav Laichas USN
RT 2c John Mcgaughey USN


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