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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
GM 3c Edward Harris USN
GM 1c Peter Harrower USN
Sea 1c Ira Harvey USN
MM 3c Henry Heisterhagen USN
PhM 1c Arthur Herzer USN
MM 3c Calvin Higgins USN
Sea 1c Robert Holmes USN
Sea 2c Rufus Howington USN
F 1c Eldon Huling USN
BM 2c John Jarnagin USN
M 1c Vernon Jernigan USN
EM 3c Erich Johnson USN
EM 3c Carl Jordan USN
Sea 1c Alfon Knippa USN
Sea 2c Hugh Kyle USN
MM 1c William Land USN
MM 2c Earl Lawrence USN
Sea 2c George Ledbetter USN
Sea 2c Thurman Lee USN
Sea 1c Richard Lent USN


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