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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services


LeRay Wilson

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, January 10, 1945
Kamikaze Attack at Lingayen Gulf
While on antisubmarine patrol near the western entrance to Lingayen Gulf, January 10 1945, LeRay Wilson experienced the full fury of the Japanese suicide attacks. Spotting an enemy two-engine bomber dead ahead about 25 feet off the water, the ship's gunners unflinchingly maintained continuous and deadly gunfire, diverting the aircraft enough to save the ship. ... As the suicide plane splashed, its starboard wing crashed the ship's port side, killing six gunners, seriously wounding seven more, and causing extensive damage. In his battle report, LCDR M. V. Carson, commanding officer, wrote of his gallant men:

I say that those men made naval tradition. May their gallant acts live always in the memory of a grateful nation. They were my shipmates and I am proud of them.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 9

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 2c Louis Boero USN
StM 1c Dan Bryant USN
SC 2c Wade Cottingham USN
Sea 1c Joseph Ellison USN
Sea 1c James Humbert USN
StM 1c Joseph Kimble USN
Sea 1c Lorrin Koapke USN
Y 1c James Vehorn USN
OCk 2c Lewis White USN
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships