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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Friday, October 20, 1944
Kamakaze Attack at Leyte
At 1600 Honolulu was in her assigned position of Catomin Hill awaiting a fire support assignment when a single Japanese plane was sighted coming from Leyte. It was taken under fire, but it launched its torpedo at Honolulu. The ship had very little way on and was unable to maneuver out of the way. At 1602 the plane hit the Honolulu and there were many personnel casualties. Prompt damage control measures were undertaken which localized the flooding. The ship anchored that night in transport area where another casualty occurred. During the air attack some ship fired into a 40 MM mount killing and wounding several more men. By noon the next day the ship was able to get underway and after dodging two floating mines, left Leyte Gulf for Kosgol Passage and Manus.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 60

Name Service Branchsort descending
BM 2c William Batchelder USN
Sea 2c Method Janacek USN
FC 1c Fred Elsass USN
Sea 2c Howard Swisher USN
Sea 2c Forest Bennett USN
EM 1c Donald Jorgensen USN
Sea 1c Lester Pomplun USN
CCM Peter Vlasich USN
SK 1c Oral Brown USN
Sea 2c Dean Karau USN
EM 2c Benjamin Pillars USN
Sea 1c Raymond Volker USN
Ens Eugene Captain USN
RT 2c Milo Katic USN
SK 3c Norman Potter USN
Sea 1c Eugene Waite USN
FC 3c Chester Carlson USN
Lt William Haigler USN
F 2c William Protsman USN
GM 2c Ollen Toler USN


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