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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Thursday, May 3, 1945
Kamikaze Attacks off Okinawa
Little and Aaron Ward (DM-34) were again assigned radar picket duty when 18 to 24 aircraft attacked from under cloud cover. ... Aaron Ward took the first hit and an instant later Little was hit on the portside. ... Within 4 minutes three more enemy kamikazes hit her, breaking her keel, demolishing the amidship section, and opening all three after machinery spaces, Soon thereafter Little broke up and sank. ... Casualties included 6 killed, 24 missing and 52 seriously wounded

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 30

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 2c Lee Addington USN
MM 2c Donald Allison USN
Sea 1c Edward Carr USN
MM 1c A. Cartwright USN
F 1c Joseph Chase USN
CEM Herschel Fox USN
Sea 1c Don Gray USN
GM 3c Gale Johnston USN
MM 1c Elmo Keen USN
GM 2c John Larason USN
WT 1c Mardie Lesky USN
Sea 1c Roy Lucas USN
Sea 1c Bernard Mangan USN
SSML 2c Walter Martin USN
TM 3c Russell Mccabe USN
Sea 2c Frederick Mesares USN
Sea 1c Harlon Mullican USN
MM 2c Allen Pedersen USN
Sea 1c Frank Pfahlert USN
Sea 1c Oliver Pinson USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)