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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Friday, May 25, 1945
Kamikaze Attack near Okinawa
On May 25, bombs from a suicide plane exploded under Butler's keel, killing nine men, blowing out steam lines and flooding the forward fire room causing the loss of all steam and electric power. ... West Virginia (BB-48) stood by Butler until power was regained and assisted in driving off two more Japanese planes.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 8

Namesort descending Service Branch
F 1c John Huskey USN
F 2c Melvin Keller USN
WT 1c Calvin Mann USN
F 1c Harold Martin USN
WT 3c Stanley Mazuroski USN
WT 1c Thomas Owen USN
BM 2c Runar Wedberg USN
WT 2c Ralph White USN
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships