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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 1c James Littlejohn USN
Lt Eugene Hicks USN
F 1c Donald Desenberg USN
Sea 1c Ralph Sipes USN
Bkr 2c Francis Osborne USN
MM 2c Thomas Sullivan USN
MM 2c Thomas Wood USN
Sea 1c Delmor Bailey USN
Cox Gaetano Caruso USN
CEM Louis Kincade USN
PhM 1c Irwin Lengeling USN
MM 2c Raymond Herdina USN
Sea 1c William Devito USN
FC 3c Maurice Silkiner USN
Sea 1c Joe Padget USN
Sea 2c James Stewart USN
MM 2c Walter Wojciechowski USN
F 1c Robert Baird USN
Sea 2c Merrill Chapman USN
StM 1c L. Lauderdale USN


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