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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
SOM 3c George Hagadish USN
F 2c Norman Payne USN
MM 3c Morris Holsey USN
Sea 1c Earl Penoske USN
MM 1c Harold Henderson USN
TM 2c Donald Pentland USN
Sea 1c Daniel Hermosillo USN
MM 3c Estel Peters USN
SK 1c Walter Alestek USN
Y 3c Anthony Miskavage USN
Sea 2c Robert Price USN
MM 3c John Armstrong USN
RT 2c John Mcgaughey USN
Sea 2c Charles Poteat USN
F 2c Richard Atkin USN
EM 2c Billie Hottle USN
GM 3c John Pittman USN
Sea 1c Adrian Attwell USN
F 2c Gustav Laichas USN
Sea 1c Ross Sweetland USN


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