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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Thursday, May 3, 1945
Kamikaze Attack at Okinawa
Macomb, participating in the entire Okinawa campaign, shot down many enemy planes. ... On April 27, in the early predawn hours, an enemy aircraft raid was picked up by her radar. ... For 1 hour, Macomb fired almost continuously while maneuvering at top speed; three planes were splashed. ... Her luck ran out on May 3, during a twilight enemy raid. She downed one Japanese plane but a second came in fast and crashed into her, causing extensive damage. ... For this campaign, Macomb was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for having, “ her own aggressiveness and the courage and skill of her officers and men, contributed essentially to the success of the Okinawa invasion...”

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 7

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 2c Frederick Bozarth USN
Sea 1c Joseph Kapinos USN
Sea 1c Clifford Kaufman USN
SC 3c James Riedel USN
BM 1c Thomas Rubicus USN
Sea 1c John Varholla USN
Sea 1c George Wanchick USN
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships