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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 ascending Service Branch
F 1c Eulus Metcalf USN
F 1c Lloyd Mergel USN
Sea 1c Marion Mcrae USN
Sea 1c James Mcmillen USN
Sea 1c Albert Mckinney USN
QM 3c William Mckenzie USN
Sea 1c Dale Mckay USN
TM 1c James Mcguigan USN
Sea 1c Virlan Mcaninch USN
EM 2c Leo Matwizyk USN
EM 3c Richard Mason USN
TM 2c John Malone USN
BM 2c Francis Malinowski USN
RM 2c Ira Malaby USN
Sea 1c Frank Machacek USN
Ens Richard Macdonald USN
CM 3c Frederick Macdonald USN
Cox Hugh Macalister USN
Sea 1c Thomas Lynch USN
FC 3c William Lentz USN


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