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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 4, 1945
Kamikaze Attack off Kerama Retto
Assigned radar picket duty off Okinawa on April 30, 1945, Luce was attacked by Japanese aircraft and successfully shot down the first attacker but not before he dropped a bomb which was a near miss that caused a power failure in the ship. ... Unable to bring her guns to bear on the second attacking aircraft, kamikaze struck the after section of the ship which knocked out the port engine, flooded the engineering spaces and caused a jammed rudder. ... Within one-half hour of attack, Luce took a heavy list to starboard and abandon ship was ordered. ... 126 of her 312 officers and men went down with the ship. The survivors were rescued by friendly forces

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 148

Namesort descending Service Branch
F 1c Robert Sherman USN
Ens Morris Shreck USN
SC 3c Robert Smith USN
Cox Pren Son USN
Sea 1c Christian Stanley USN
GM 3c Robert Stewart USN
Sea 1c Clarence Stitt USN
Sea 1c Lawrence Stowe USN
BM 1c Michael Studer USN
SC 2c Wilfred Sweeney USN
Sea 1c Robert Thompson USN
Sea 1c Wilkie Thompson USN
Sea 1c Maynard Thurlow USN
Cox Charles Tibbs USN
MM 1c George Tier USN
MM 3c Francis Trebino USN
Sea 1c John Trembach USN
FC 3c John Vahey USN
Sea 1c Harold Vall USN
RT 1c Max Wannowsky USN


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