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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sgt Donald North USMCR
Cox Thomas Cruse USN
SF 2c James Dickie USN
CM 2c Homer Page USN
Sea 1c Donald Diffin USN
Sea 1c Nicholas Procyk USN
BM 2c Wallace Ewing USN
Sea 1c Daniel Regan USN
Sea 1c John Fantasia USN
Sea 1c Leonard Ricci USN
Sea 1c Norvell Emmons USN
Cox Robert Bagby USN
Sea 1c Herman Rosner USN
SF 3c Sylvester Fortin USN
SSMB 3c Hubert Bedard USN
Sea 1c Joseph Serappo USN
Sea 1c Thomas Flores USN
BM 2c Anthony Camara USN
Sea 1c Robert Schuller USN
Sea 1c Jerry Campo USN