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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
Sea 1c Wilfred Laurence USN
Sea 1c Floyde Lange USN
MAM 3c Michael Krupa USN
CGM Elmer Kirts USN
MM 3c Vaudie Kidwell USN
Sea 1c Charles Kewer USN
Sea 1c Urstle Keck USN
BM 1c Lester Karr USN
StM 2c Bob Jones USN
RDM 3c Frank Jackson USN
F 1c Raymond Iverson USN
Lt John Hutchinson USN
Sea 1c Thomas Hulina USN
Lt(jg) Thomas Hopley USN
F 1c David Holt USN
MM 1c John Hill USN
GM 2c Robert Higgins USN
Cox Willis Helder USN
TM 3c Clyde Harrell USN
Cox Thomas Greathouse USN


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