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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
StM 2c Will Brown USN
FC 1c John Brophy USN
Sea 1c Othmer Braun USN
MM 2c Allen Bixler USN
MM 2c Robert Belknap USN
Sea 1c Robert Beebe USN
CMM David Appleby USN
CMM James Appicelli USN


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