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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, October 14, 1944
Air Attack near Formosa
In a devastating 3 days of attacks, naval air forces did much to destroy Formosa as a Japanese support base. Japanese forces retaliated with heavy and repeated land-based aircraft attacks. Houston splashed four aircraft in one attack on 12 October, and helped repel another attack next day, in which Canberra suffered damage. Taking Canberras old station 14 October, Houston and other ships met another heavy raid. Three of the attackers were shot down but a fourth's torpedo hit her engine room, causing loss of power. 52 crew members were killed in the incident.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 53

Namesort descending Service Branch
M 1c Lewis Bauer USN
Mach Carl Behrend USN
Ch Mach Charles Belcavitch USN
MM 3c Marvin Botsford USN
F 1c Frank Bourke USN
F 1c William Carney USN
Sea 1c Elbon Carroll USN
MM 2c Estell Clevenger USN
Sea 2c Gymal Cline USN
EM 2c Claude Cody USN
F 1c Charles Conn USN
F 1c Lige Cooper USN
F 1c James Cox USN
RDM 3c Ralph Cozad USN
WT 1c Robert Cranford USN
EM 1c Raymond Dahlmeir USN
MM 3c Ralph Ewall USN
MM 3c William Fitzgerald USN
Sea 1c Robert Fitzharris USN
CMM Leonard Forcum USN


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