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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 2c Frederick Mesares USN
F 1c Louie Varner USN
Sea 1c Bernard Mangan USN
SK 3c Robert Wadick USN
SSML 2c Walter Martin USN
Sea 1c Floyd Walker USN
Sea 1c Roy Lucas USN
F 1c William Wancik USN
WT 1c Mardie Lesky USN
F 1c Elmer Spars USN
GM 3c Gale Johnston USN
Sea 2c William Steinbeck USN
MM 1c Elmo Keen USN
Cox Richard Wilgus USN
GM 2c John Larason USN
F 1c Charles Wirtz USN
CEM Herschel Fox USN
Sea 1c Don Gray USN
Sea 2c Lee Addington USN
Sea 1c Harlon Mullican USN


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