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Luce

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 descending Service Branch
Sea 1c John Conklin USN
Sea 1c Bobby Cox USN
F 1c John Cuciurean USN
Sea 1c Lawrence Cushing USN
Sea 1c William Darr USN
Sea 1c Louis Dassan USN
WT 3c Nicholas Defilippis USN
Bkr 2c Virgil Degner USN
Sea 2c Wesley Delapp USN
F 1c Henry Demenchuk USN
MM 2c Parker Dodge USN
Sea 1c John Dolan USN
CEM Bernard Duffy USN
Sea 1c Robert Dylingowski USN
F 1c Charles Ehrhart USN
Sea 2c Everett Ehrky USN
Sea 1c Lloyd Ellingson USN
SSML 3c Francis Fields USN
CTM Walter Fischer USN
Sea 1c Roy Foor USN

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