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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
Sea 1c John Conklin USN
GM 3c Robert Stewart USN
Sea 1c Harold Rach USN
GM 2c David Schanck USN
Sea 2c Everett Ehrky USN
MM 3c Ewin Gould USN
Ens Richard Macdonald USN
StM 2c Bob Jones USN
Sea 1c Othmer Braun USN
Sea 1c Bobby Cox USN
Sea 1c Clarence Stitt USN
EM 2c Thomas Radell USN
Ens Morris Shreck USN
FC 3c Frank Fratello USN
Sea 1c Dale Mckay USN
CM 3c Frederick Macdonald USN
BM 1c Lester Karr USN
FC 1c John Brophy USN
F 1c John Cuciurean USN
Sea 1c Lawrence Stowe USN


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