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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, September 12, 1943
Dive Bomber Attack near New Guinea
On September 12, LST-455 lay anchored near Lae New Guinea among allied ships presenting, a tempting target by virtue of the nest of LCI's alongside. Nine Japanese dive bombers, escorted by nine Zero fighters attacked the shipping in Morobe Bay and singled out LST-455 for attention, scoring a direct hit aft. A large bomb hit the stern, passed through the galley, and exploded in the crew's quarters, aft, starting fires and trapping men in the after steering room. Determined sailors battled the blaze and cut through bullsheads to rescue the trapped men. LST-455 shot down two of the attackers. By nightfall, her men had extinguished the blaze and commenced initial repairs.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 21

Namesort descending Service Branch
F 2c Vernon Blackwell USN
SF 1c Earl Cheek USN
CMM John Cox USN
EM 2c Virgil Crowson USN
CEM George Earnshaw USN
MoMM 2c Joseph Feil USN
Se 1c William Fountaine USN
QM 2c Hayden Hill USN
EM 3c Lawrence Johnson USN
F 2c Gunnar Johnson USN
MOMM 2c Emil Kolde USN
CM 2c John Koscielak USN
SF 1c Robert Mccray USN
EM 2c Charles Mclellan USN
Lt(jg) Arthur Olsen USN
MM 1c Anthony Pawielski USN
Bkr 1c Herman Robertson USN
MOMM 2c Charles Rymer USN
Sea 1c Merlin Seckora USN
F 2c Melvin Streets USN


Various Sources