Kamikaze Attack off Leyte
During a raid on November 27, guns of TG 77.2 splashed 11 of the attacking planes. Shortly after sunset two days later, a determined suicide plane dove through the clouds and crashed Maryland between turrets Nos. 1 and 2. ... Thirty-one sailors died in the explosion and fire that followed; however, the sturdy battleship continued her patrols until relieved 2 December. ... She reached Pearl Harbor 19 December and during the next two months workmen repaired and refitted Fighting Mary.