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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 descending Service Branch
Sea 1c Henry Horridge USN
MM 3c John Hughes USN
Sea 1c Frank Humes USN
MM 1c John Hunt USN
Sea 1c James Jackson USN
RM 1c Daniel Jenkins USN
StM 1c Clarence Johnson USN
Sea 1c Robert Johnson USN
StM 1c Carl Jones USN
F 1c James Kaler USN
SK 2c Robert Kaping USN
Lt Ralph Kaye USN
Sea 1c Billy Kelly USN
F 1c Alden Kern USN
WT 3c John Ketchum USN
CEM Louis Kincade USN
Bkr 3c John King USN
StM 1c L. Lauderdale USN
F 1c Bodie Lebo USN
SC 2c Marvin Lemke USN


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