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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
MOMM 3c Joseph Brabant USN
Lt(jg) Robert Mulvana USN
Sea 1c Harold Isenhart USN
CFC Carl Hofmann USN
Sea 1c Herman Debus USN
WT 3c Harold Brown USN
Sea 2c Steve Nihoff USN
Sea 1c Walter Jedlowski USN
Ens Robert Henington USN
Sea 2c Lloyd Donnell USN
Sea 1c Dominick Cannata USN
Sea 2c Daniel Obrien USN
FC 2c Sidney Jordan USN
SSM 3c Lorin Hatch USN
F 1c Gilbert Dixon USN
SSM 3c Joseph Carter USN
Sea 2c Peter Oksen USN
Sea 1c Cecil Lafleur USN
TM 1c Richard Hebert USN
Lt(jg) Jack Drath USN


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