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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
HA 1c John Palmer USN
Ens Robert Pearce USN
EM 1c James Perkins USN
CM 2c Anthony Perna USN
Sea 1c Arthur Powers USN
RDM 3c Stephen Pramick USN
Sea 1c Harold Rach USN
EM 2c Thomas Radell USN
F 1c Philip Ramsey USN
F 1c John Rechkemmer USN
FC 3c Thomas Reddington USN
SK 3c Charles Robinson USN
Sea 1c Delbert Roeder USN
Sea 1c Samuel Roller USN
Sea 1c Vincent Rundquist USN
GM 2c David Schanck USN
Y 2c Jack Scranton USN
F 1c Eugene Sehl USN
SOM 2c Robert Shattuck USN
Sea 1c Leroy Shelby USN

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