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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, March 26, 1945
Kamikaze Attack near Kerama Retto
Departing San Pedro Bay March 21, for radar picket duty off the Ryukyus, Kimberly was attacked March 26 by two Vals. ... Despite accurate antiaircraft fire and numerous hits, one enemy plane, trailing fire and smoke, crashed into the aft gun mounts killing 4 men and wounding 57. ... Kimberly cleared the area April 1 for repairs at Mare Island.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 25

Name Service Branchsort descending
F 2c Walter Klochkoff USN
Sea 2c Stanley Mona USN
Sea 1c William Balon USN
RM 3c Warren Miller USN
Sea 1c Anthony Banach USN
GM 3c Joseph Olszeski USN
SOM 3c Ernest Beam USN
Sea 1c Woodrow Rainey USN
Lt(jg) Charles Blake USN
F 1c Raymond Partridge USN
Sea 1c Warren Coan USN
RDM 3c Robert Skillman USN
Sea 2c James Cooksey USN
Sea 1c Howard Rutan USN
Sea 1c Sidney Cruse USN
PhM 3c Joseph Ruffle USN
GM 1c Johnie Guthrie USN
TM 2c John Talbert USN
GM 2c Carl Grizzle USN
Sea 2c Williard Temple USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships