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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Friday, May 4, 1945
Kamikaze Attacks near Okinawa
Morrison was assigned the most critical radar picket station commencing April 30, 1945. ... For the first three days of the assignment bad weather precluded air activity, however on May 4 an enemy force of 25 planes were detected approaching the area. Combat Air Patrol was able to splash several of the attackers but some got through. ... The first attack on Morrison was a near miss bomb attack off the starboard beam, which was closely followed by two more kamikaze’s making unsuccessful attacks on the ship. The fourth attack through intense AA fire succeeded in crashing into the stack and bridge, inflicting heavy casualties and knocking out most electrical equipment. Three more kamikazes then crashed into the ship. ... With damage of this magnitude, Morrison took on a prolonged list to starboard. Two explosions followed almost simultaneously and minutes later Morrison sank. ... A total of 152 men were lost

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 129

Namesort descending Service Branch
F 1c Ralph Aiken USN
F 1c Edward Allen USN
StM 1c Harry Allison USN
FC 2c John Almanza USN
RM 3c Orton Anderson USN
TM 3c William Armstrong USN
Ens Richard Bailey USN
TM 1c James Ballinger USN
GM 1c Charles Barnard USN
F 1c Jack Barry USN
Sea 1c Robert Barry USN
Sea 1c Abraham Berson USN
SOM 3c Donald Bibler USN
F 2c Everett Blankenship USN
SOM 3c Louis Borci USN
F 2c Alvin Borel USN
Sea 1c Burton Brodie USN
Sea 2c Vincent Carlson USN
Sea 2c Kenneth Carnicle USN
FC 2c Richard Case USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)