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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Tuesday, December 12, 1944
Kamikaze Attack near Ormoc Bay
On December 12, while escorting landing craft to Ormoc Bay Caldwell bore the brunt of a fierce air attack. ... Hit on the bridge simultaneously by a suicide plane and fragments from a two-bomb straddle, the destroyer suffered 33 killed and 40 wounded including the commanding officer. ... Despite the heavy damage, Caldwell's after guns continued to fire on enemy planes, while her well-trained damage control parties saved the ship.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 32

Namesort descending Service Branch
RM 1c Herbert Appenzeller USN
RT 1c Floyd Clarke USN
SK 3c Arthur Clough USN
F 2c Harold Courtney USN
Sea 2c Horace Davis USN
Sea 2c James Deason USN
F 2c William Devoto USN
GM 2c Patrick Dittoe USN
GM 3c Frank Froio USN
F 2c Juan Gallegos USN
Sea 1c John Garrett USN
Sea 1c Michael Kravec USN
Cox Reginald Krocht USN
Y 3c Charles Kuzmiak USN
RM 3c Donald Parks USN
Cox Santiago Patino USN
Sea 1c Vernon Peake USN
CRM Mervin Pennoyer USN
Sea 1c Joseph Peoples USN
SC 3c Jesus Perez USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships