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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
CPhM John Riggs USN
GM 3c William Skelton USN
F 1c Elmer Spars USN
Sea 2c William Steinbeck USN
F 1c Louie Varner USN
SK 3c Robert Wadick USN
Sea 1c Floyd Walker USN
F 1c William Wancik USN
Cox Richard Wilgus USN
F 1c Charles Wirtz USN


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