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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 descending Service Branch
BM 1c Lester Karr USN
Sea 1c Urstle Keck USN
Sea 1c Charles Kewer USN
MM 3c Vaudie Kidwell USN
CGM Elmer Kirts USN
MAM 3c Michael Krupa USN
Sea 1c Floyde Lange USN
Sea 1c Wilfred Laurence USN
FC 3c William Lentz USN
Sea 1c Thomas Lynch USN
Cox Hugh Macalister USN
Ens Richard Macdonald USN
CM 3c Frederick Macdonald USN
Sea 1c Frank Machacek USN
RM 2c Ira Malaby USN
BM 2c Francis Malinowski USN
TM 2c John Malone USN
EM 3c Richard Mason USN
EM 2c Leo Matwizyk USN
Sea 1c Virlan Mcaninch USN


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