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Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Friday, January 12, 1945
Kamikaze Attack at Lingayen Gulf
While in the area of Lingayen Gulf, Gilligan came under kamikaze attack on January 12. A bluejacket under fire from the attacking plane leaped from his post onto the main battery director and threw it off target, a mistake which prevented the 5-inch guns from getting off more than 14 rounds. ... The kamikaze crashed directly into the muzzles of Gilligan's No. 2 40mm. gun, killing 12 men and wounding 12, and started raging fires. ...Outstanding damage control kept the ship seaworthy.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 12

Namesort descending Service Branch
StM 2c Thomas Archie USN
CTM John Choman USN
Sea 1c Vincenzo Floramo USN
TM 2c Clarence Kane USN
Sea 1c Nash Lamb USN
Sea 2c Hugh Mcwaters USN
GM 3c Arthur Munday USN
Sea 1c Edgar Poole USN
GM 3c John Silver USN
BM 2c Arthur Strom USN
Sea 2c Robert Summerour USN
BM 2c Emil Wesolowski USN
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships