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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 ascending
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
Sea 1c Joe Mixon USN
Sea 1c Floyde Lange USN
GM 2c Oliver Wire USN
CTM Walter Fischer USN
GM 3c Stanley Cebula USN
MM 1c George Tier USN
HA 1c John Palmer USN
SOM 2c Robert Shattuck USN
Bkr 2c Virgil Degner USN
GM 2c Robert Higgins USN
EM 2c Leland Moe USN


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