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J William Ditter

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, June 6, 1945
Kamikaze Attack off Okinawa
While patrolling with Harry F. Bauer and Ellyson 6 June, J. William Ditter was attacked by a large group of kamikazes. The ship's gun crews downed five of the planes but a sixth glanced off her No. 2 stack, and another crashed her on the port side near the main deck. The ship lost all power and suffered many casualties, but valiant damage control kept her afloat until she could be towed by tug Ute to Kerama Retto next day.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 10

Namesort descending Service Branch
F 2c Harold Baker USN
F 2c Russell Crawford USN
CWT Edward Haywood USN
WT 3c Homer Kendall USN
CCS Edward Kolenski USN
WT 3c Anta Maria USN
MM 2c Lloyd Mccraney USN
F 1c Daniel Millard USN
WT 1c Peter Monahan USN
F 1c Leo Nordigan USN
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships