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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, June 12, 1944
Bomb Attack near New Guinea
While on patrol June 12, off the southern coast of Biak, an enemy plane dived out of the sun and released a bomb which struck abaft Kalk's forward stack at the base of her starboard torpedo tubes. As the Kalk's 20-mm. gunfire splashed the attacker, the bomb exploded the air flasks of her torpedoes, destroying several 20-mm. guns, showering her crew with shrapnel, and damaging her superstructure amidships. Though suffering 70 casualties, her heroic crew rallied to save the destroyer. Skillful firefighters extinguished each blaze and, while other hands tended the wounded, volunteers detached the warheads from torpedoes scattered about the deck. Every man knew what to do and did it.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 29

Namesort descending Service Branch
TM 3c John Allison USN
BM 2c Ralph Bookout USN
TM 3c James Bowman USN
Lt(jg) Floyd Callesen USN
SM 2c Joseph Crabtree USN
MM 1c John Curry USN
MM 1c William Davis USN
TM 3c John Depew USN
Lt Henry Devries USN
TM 3c Francis Dietlin USN
Y 3c Philip Fander USN
Ens Meador Francis USN
EM 3c Jack Fyffe USN
MM 3c Benno Hartman USN
M 2c William Helms USN
CMM James Johnson USN
PhM 3c Joseph Karetski USN
CMM John Kuski USN
Ens Gerald Linder USN
CEM John Masson USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships