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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, May 28, 1945
Kamikaze Attacks near Okinawa
While operating as a radar picket off Okinawa, Drexler was attacked at 0700 by two kamikazes. ... The combined firepower of Lowry (DD 770) and Drexler successfully knocked down the first attacking aircraft. The second aircraft glanced into Drexler cutting off power and starting a large gasoline fire. ... Despite the damage, Drexler kept firing and splashed three more attacking aircraft that had entered the area. ... At 0730 another kamikaze crashed into Drexler’s superstructure which was quickly followed by a tremendous explosion. The ship quickly rolled over on her starboard side and sank stern first in less than a minute after being hit. ... 168 of the crew died and another 52 were seriously wounded.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 158

Namesort ascending Service Branch
Lt Walter Rupert USN
Sea 1c Roy Rowe USN
WT 1c Ogden Rowan USN
FC 3c Robert Rosenfeld USN
Sea 2c Edmond Robinson USN
Sea 2c Johnnie Robinson USN
Sea 2c Thomas Reilly USN
F 1c William Rees USN
Sea 1c Gilbert Priddy USN
Sea 2c Steve Prestridge USN
Sea 2c Eugene Pressley USN
CWT Richard Prendergast USN
F 1c Carl Poole USN
FC 3c Everett Pollard USN
F 1c Leo Phillips USN
F 1c John Pendleton USN
Sea 1c John Parsons USN
Sea 1c Joe Padget USN
Bkr 2c Francis Osborne USN
EM 3c Eugene Oliver USN


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