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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Friday, May 18, 1945
Battery Fire near Naha Airfield
Following a grueling 4 day period of fire support off Okinawa, and while en route to her patrol area, Longshaw ran aground on a coral reef south of Naha airfield. ... While attempts were made to free her from the reef, Japanese shore batteries opened up on Longshaw. The stranded destroyer attempted to fight back as best she could; but, as she opened fire, her bow was completely blown off by a hit which struck the forward magazine. When efforts to save her appeared hopeless, the order was given to abandon ship. ... Eighty-six of her crew died with the ship. ... Later in the afternoon, Longshaw, battered beyond salvaging, was destroyed by gunfire and torpedoes from U.S. ships.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 85

Namesort ascending Service Branch
Sea 1c Chester Ray USN
Cox James Pope USN
Sea 2c Peter Oksen USN
Sea 2c Daniel Obrien USN
Sea 2c Steve Nihoff USN
TM 2c Herbert Murdaugh USN
Lt(jg) Robert Mulvana USN
FC 1c Edward Minford USN
TM 3c Carl Mcdonald USN
Sea 1c Benjamin Maser USN
GM 2c Gene Manzetti USN
Lt Maurice Manning USN
Sea 1c Ellis Long USN
Cox J. Loftin USN
QM 3c Joseph Lavine USN
Sea 1c Berkeley Larson USN
Sea 1c Cecil Lafleur USN
Sea 1c Murray Kushner USN
FC 2c Sidney Jordan USN
Sea 1c Walter Jedlowski USN


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