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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 ascending Service Branch
TM 3c Kenneth Young USN
MM 2c Warren Wall USN
FC 3c Milton Tully USN
SC 2c Roy Stout USN
SOM 3c Arthur Silverman USN
EM 3c James Ohara USN
EM 3c Joseph Mousseau USN
SK 1c Robert Moudree USN
Lt(jg) James Mcdonald USN
CEM John Masson USN
Ens Gerald Linder USN
CMM John Kuski USN
PhM 3c Joseph Karetski USN
CMM James Johnson USN
M 2c William Helms USN
MM 3c Benno Hartman USN
EM 3c Jack Fyffe USN
Ens Meador Francis USN
Y 3c Philip Fander USN
TM 3c Francis Dietlin USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships