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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
PhM 3c Joseph Ruffle USN
Sea 1c Howard Rutan USN
RDM 3c Robert Skillman USN
TM 2c John Talbert USN
Sea 2c Williard Temple USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships