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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 Billy Kelly USN
F 1c James Kaler USN
F 1c James Mcmillan USN
CWT James Gray USN
MM 3c Robert Frederick USN
FC 3c Robert Rosenfeld USN
Lt(jg) Parley Thompson USN
Sea 1c Robert Turner USN
Sea 1c William Carl USN
Lt Ralph Kaye USN
SK 2c Robert Kaping USN
RT 2c William Mills USN
CMM Frank Ganem USN
MM 1c Edward Forman USN
F 1c Armand Noiva USN
Sea 2c Joseph Thompson USN
Sea 2c Clarence Wimbish USN
Sea 1c Kenneth Boyer USNR


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