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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
Bkr 2c Virgil Degner USN
WT 3c Nicholas Defilippis USN
Sea 1c Louis Dassan USN
Sea 1c William Darr USN
Sea 1c Lawrence Cushing USN
F 1c John Cuciurean USN
Sea 1c Bobby Cox USN
Sea 1c John Conklin USN
Sea 1c Herbert Colquitt USN
SC 2c Daniel Clukey USN
Sea 1c Thomas Clark USN
Sea 1c Michael Cimbalo USN
GM 3c Stanley Cebula USN
Sea 1c Vernon Castle USN
F 1c Vernon Casper USN
Sea 2c Norman Carsley USN
Sea 1c Robert Carlson USN
Sea 1c George Burbank USN
TM 3c George Bunce USN
RM 3c Raymond Brown USN


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