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Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, July 22, 1945
Kaiten Attack at Buckner Bay, Okinawa
On July 22, 1945 while at anchor in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, Marathon's hull trembled with a force of a violent explosion. ... Postwar examination of Japanese records indicates that the explosion, which resulted in extensive damage, was caused by a kaiten one-man suicide Japanese submarine, launched by submarine I-53.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 35

Namesort descending Service Branch
Cox Robert Bagby USN
SSMB 3c Hubert Bedard USN
BM 2c Anthony Camara USN
Sea 1c Jerry Campo USN
Cox Arthur Carter USN
Sea 1c Arturo Castillo USN
CM 3c Edward Caton USN
Sea 1c Howard Chandler USN
Cox Ulysses Cheramie USN
Sea 1c John Cole USN
Cox Camille Courville USN
Cox Thomas Cruse USN
SF 2c James Dickie USN
Sea 1c Donald Diffin USN
Sea 1c Norvell Emmons USN
BM 2c Wallace Ewing USN
Sea 1c John Fantasia USN
Sea 1c Thomas Flores USN
SF 3c Sylvester Fortin USN
SF 1c Richard Grieve USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships