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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
Y 2c Robert Lorton USN
PhM 3c Robert Luett USN
Sgt Donald North USMCR
CM 2c Homer Page USN
Sea 1c Nicholas Procyk USN
Sea 1c Daniel Regan USN
Sea 1c Leonard Ricci USN
Sea 1c Herman Rosner USN
Sea 1c Robert Schuller USN
Sea 1c Joseph Serappo USN
Sea 1c Robert Steen USN
SF 3c George Stewart USN
MM 1c William Terwilliger USN
Sea 1c Donald Tew USN
Sea 1c John Tullo USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships