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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 Louis Dassan USN
MM 1c John Hill USN
EM 2c Leo Matwizyk USN
FC 3c William Lentz USN
MM 1c John Wickens USN
F 1c Vernon Casper USN
SC 2c Wilfred Sweeney USN
SF 1c Anthony Napoli USN
F 1c John Rechkemmer USN
Sea 1c William Darr USN
F 1c David Holt USN
StM 1c Ernest Mims USN
Sea 1c Wilfred Laurence USN
Sea 1c Arthur Wiers USN
Sea 1c Vernon Castle USN
Sea 1c Robert Thompson USN
MM 2c John Nasner USN
SK 3c Charles Robinson USN
WT 3c Nicholas Defilippis USN
Cox Willis Helder USN


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