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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 1c Donald Tew USN
Sea 1c Arturo Castillo USN
MM 1c William Terwilliger USN
CM 3c Edward Caton USN
Sea 1c Robert Steen USN
Sea 1c Howard Chandler USN
SF 3c George Stewart USN
Cox Ulysses Cheramie USN
Y 2c Robert Lorton USN
Sea 1c John Cole USN
PhM 3c Robert Luett USN
Cox Camille Courville USN
SF 1c Richard Grieve USN
Cox Thomas Cruse USN
SF 2c James Dickie USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships