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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
SM 3c William Silakowski USN
FC 3c Maurice Silkiner USN
Sea 1c Ralph Sipes USN
Sea 2c Charles Smoot USN
Sea 1c Frederick Snyder USN
Sea 1c Nicholas Spennato USN
Sea 2c Paskel Stacy USN
Sea 2c William Stallings USN
Lt(jg) Herman Stalter USN
F 1c Joe Stangle USN
Sea 2c James Stewart USN
Sea 2c Darmon Stiner USN
MM 2c Thomas Sullivan USN
SC 3c Robert Sweeney USN
Sea 2c David Swiney USN
SOM 2c Frederick Tetreault USN
Ck 1c Fred Thomas USN
Lt(jg) Parley Thompson USN
Sea 2c Joseph Thompson USN
RM 3c Harold Titus USN


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