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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 descending Service Branch
CY J. Cunningham USN
FC 3c Henry Deane USN
Sea 1c Herman Debus USN
F 1c Madison Delaney USN
F 1c George Demartini USN
Sea 1c Eugene Derossett USN
F 1c Gilbert Dixon USN
Sea 2c Lloyd Donnell USN
Lt(jg) Jack Drath USN
GM 3c Albert Dryovage USN
Sea 1c Eldon Engle USN
TM 3c Jerome Faber USN
Sea 1c John Friel USN
Sea 1c Harold Gallihugh USN
Sea 1c William Gibbons USN
RM 2c Carl Gottdiner USN
Lt Edward Gray USN
Lt(jg) William Haines USN
SSM 3c Lorin Hatch USN
TM 1c Richard Hebert USN


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