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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
Y 3c Anthony Miskavage USN
Sea 2c David Myers USN
Sea 1c Harold Northam USN
Sea 1c Anthony Pascucci USN
F 2c Norman Payne USN
Sea 1c Earl Penoske USN
TM 2c Donald Pentland USN
MM 3c Estel Peters USN
GM 3c John Pittman USN
Sea 2c Charles Poteat USN
Sea 2c Robert Price USN
MM 2c Louis Ritz USN
WT 3c Harland Rogers USN
Sea 2c Virgil Salvevold USN
F 1c John Senneca USN
Sea 1c Ross Sweetland USN
MM 2c Kenneth Treloar USN
WT 3c Albert Whitford USN
Sea 2c Ellis Whitis USN
PhM 2c Robert Wilson USN


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