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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 1c Bernard Hafling USN
Lt William Haigler USN
Sea 2c Robert Hammond USN
FC 3c Wilton Jackson USN
Sea 2c Method Janacek USN
Sea 2c James Johnson USN
EM 1c Donald Jorgensen USN
Sea 2c Dean Karau USN
RT 2c Milo Katic USN
RM 1c George Kelley USN
Sea 1c James Kemkem USN
Sea 2c Guy Kepp USN
Sea 2c James Kerr USN
F 2c John Kirchnick USN
Sea 2c William Lehner USN
EM 3c Darwin Maxam USN
MM 3c James Nanomantube USN
SK 2c Clarence Nash USN
F 1c David Oyervides USN
Sea 2c Robert Parrott USN


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