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Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, October 30, 1944
Kamakaze Attack
Retiring in her task group to refuel, Franklin returned to the Leyte action on October 27, her planes concentrating on a heavy cruiser and two destroyers south of Mindoro. She was underway about 1,000 miles off Samar on October 30 when enemy bombers appeare d bent on a suicide mission. Three doggedly pursued Franklin, the first plummeting off her starboard side the second hitting the flight deck and crashing through to the gallery deck, showering destruction, killing 56 and wounding 60. The third disc harging another near miss at Franklin before diving into the flight deck of Belleau Wood.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 51

Namesort descending Service Branch
ARM 3c Rosario Albanese USN
AMM 1c James Barfield USN
MM 3c Floyd Brown USN
BM 1c Thomas Brown USN
Sea 2c Eugene Burroughs USN
Sea 2c Donald Carr USN
WT 2c Herbert Chambers USN
Sea 1c America Colatacci USN
AM 3c William Collins USN
AOM 3c Walter Copeland USN
SSM 3c Paul Cronin USN
AOM 2c Stanley Dalton USN
AOM 2c William Danforth USN
AMM 1c Philip Deringer USN
Sea 1c Joseph Eberline USN
MM 1c Joseph Eslinger USN
GM 3c Harry Freund USN
Sea 2c Ernest Grafton USN
Sea 1c Millard Hall USN
Sea 2c Larry Harding USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships