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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
EM 2c Thomas Radell USN
Sea 1c Harold Rach USN
RDM 3c Stephen Pramick USN
Sea 1c Arthur Powers USN
CM 2c Anthony Perna USN
EM 1c James Perkins USN
Ens Robert Pearce USN
HA 1c John Palmer USN
WT 3c William Oneil USN
Sea 1c Calvin Newlon USN
MM 2c John Nasner USN
SF 1c Anthony Napoli USN
SK 1c Lawrence Murray USN
Lt(jg) Robert Murray USN
PhM 1c William Murgatroyd USN
Sea 1c Frank Morgel USN
EM 2c Leland Moe USN
Sea 1c Joe Mixon USN
StM 1c Ernest Mims USN
Sea 1c Donald Miles USN


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