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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
F 1c George Demartini USN
F 1c Madison Delaney USN
Sea 1c Herman Debus USN
FC 3c Henry Deane USN
CY J. Cunningham USN
RDM 3c William Covey USN
FC 2c John Costello USN
Sea 1c Robert Corwin USN
FC 3c Herbert Clark USN
SM 3c Doyle Chambers USN
SSM 3c Joseph Carter USN
Sea 1c Dominick Cannata USN
WT 3c Harold Brown USN
MOMM 3c Joseph Brabant USN
SC 2c William Boyanton USN
WT 3c Johnny Bowman USN
CBM Wilson Bowen USN
F 1c William Blanchard USN
RDM 3c Harold Blair USN
SM 2c Robert Blacksmith USN


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