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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, December 7, 1941
Pearl Harbor Attack - Dive Bombed
During the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Curtiss quickly got underway, sighted a periscope and opened fire. A torpedo from the submarine missed Curtiss, smashing into a dock at Pearl City. Four minutes later the Japanese midget submarine surfaced and was further damaged by gunfire before diving again and being prosecuted by a destroyer; ... Curtiss turned her attention to the air threat hitting an enemy plane which crashed into her No. 1 crane and burned. Three minutes later she splashed a 2nd plane, then began firing at a dive bomber. A bomb from this plane crashed in the vicinity of her damaged crane and exploded below decks, setting the hangar deck and No. 4 handling room on fire. ... Despite 19 dead and many wounded Curtiss' crew quenched the fires, and accomplished emergency repairs.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 21

Namesort descending Service Branch
F 2c Joseph Caro USN
Sea 2c Lee Duke USN
Sea 1c Clifton Edmonds USN
Cox John Frazier USN
Sea 2c Nickolas Ganas USN
Sea 2c George Guy USN
F 1c Kenneth Hartley USN
Sea 1c Edward Haven USN
Matt 2c Anthony Hawkins USN
AS Thomas Hembree USN
AS Andrew King USN
AS Robert Lowe USN
AS James Massey USN
Sea 1c Maurice Mastrototaro USN
AS Jesse Milbourne USN
RM 2c Dean Orwick USN
Matt 2c William Powell USN
Sea 1c Wilson Rice USN
Sea 2c Howard Rosenau USN
RM 2c Benjamin Schlect USN


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