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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
TM 1c James Mcguigan USN
Cox Hugh Macalister USN
Lt(jg) Thomas Hopley USN
RM 3c Raymond Brown USN
Sea 1c Lawrence Cushing USN
BM 1c Michael Studer USN
Sea 1c Arthur Powers USN
Cox Pren Son USN
F 1c Sidney Friedman USN
QM 3c William Mckenzie USN
Sea 1c Frank Machacek USN
Sea 1c Thomas Hulina USN
StM 2c Will Brown USN
RT 1c Max Wannowsky USN
Sea 1c Frank Morgel USN
RDM 3c Stephen Pramick USN
MM 2c Parker Dodge USN
MM 3c Glen Foulks USN
Sea 1c Albert Mckinney USN
BM 2c Francis Malinowski USN


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