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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 ascending
MM 3c John Hughes USN
Sea 1c James Lewis USN
Sea 1c Walter Harper USN
Sea 1c Anthony Dzikas USN
Sea 2c Edmond Robinson USN
FC 3c Everett Pollard USN
F 1c Joe Stangle USN
Y 2c Marvin Whitman USN
SSM 3c Robert Black USN
CFC Lewis Coleman USN
Sea 1c Frank Humes USN
Lt(jg) Kirby Lewis USN
CMOMM Robert Hart USN
Sea 1c Loren Dunn USN
Sea 2c Johnnie Robinson USN
F 1c Carl Poole USN
Sea 2c Paskel Stacy USN
Sea 2c Hugh Waycaster USN
EM 1c Daniel Boden USN
Sea 1c Maxie Crisco USN


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