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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
WT 2c George Graff USN
MM 3c Ewin Gould USN
MM 3c Ralph Gledhill USN
MM 3c Bruno Gareffa USN
F 1c Sidney Friedman USN
F 1c Morris Freeman USN
FC 3c Frank Fratello USN
MM 3c Glen Foulks USN
Sea 1c Roy Foor USN
CTM Walter Fischer USN
SSML 3c Francis Fields USN
Sea 1c Lloyd Ellingson USN
Sea 2c Everett Ehrky USN
F 1c Charles Ehrhart USN
Sea 1c Robert Dylingowski USN
CEM Bernard Duffy USN
Sea 1c John Dolan USN
MM 2c Parker Dodge USN
F 1c Henry Demenchuk USN
Sea 2c Wesley Delapp USN


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