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Longshaw

Ship Designation: 
DD-559
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
TM 3c Carl Mcdonald USN
Sea 1c Harold Gallihugh USN
FC 2c William Weld USN
LCdr Clarence Becker USN
RDM 3c William Covey USN
F 1c Henry Schwerer USN
FC 1c Edward Minford USN
Sea 1c William Gibbons USN
Ens Robert Williams USN
Sea 2c Walter Behnkendorf USN
CY J. Cunningham USN
GM 2c William Seale USN
Lt Maurice Manning USN
Sea 1c John Friel USN
StM 1c William Willis USN
SM 2c Robert Blacksmith USN
Sea 1c Bruce Stice USN
F 1c Everett Seadeek USN
GM 2c Gene Manzetti USN
TM 3c Jerome Faber USN

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