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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
RM 2c Ira Malaby USN
F 1c Raymond Iverson USN
Sea 1c Robert Carlson USN
FC 3c John Vahey USN
Lt(jg) Robert Murray USN
Sea 1c Samuel Roller USN
Sea 1c Robert Dylingowski USN
TM 3c Clyde Harrell USN
Sea 1c Virlan Mcaninch USN
EM 3c Richard Mason USN
WO Hoyett Waters USN
Sea 2c Norman Carsley USN
Sea 1c Harold Vall USN
Sea 1c Calvin Newlon USN
FC 3c Thomas Reddington USN
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


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