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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 Frank Pupich USN
Ens Frank Purnell USN
WT 2c Frank Radik USN
GM 3c Craig Ralston USN
Sea 1c Max Ray USN
WT 3c Frederick Raycraft USN
Lt(jg) Duncan Ridge USN
Sea 1c Clark Robinson USN
Sea 1c Robert Roehr USN
F 1c James Rogers USN
MM 1c Orville Scaggs USN
FC 2c Norman Schneider USN
RM 1c George Sears USN
RDM 3c Richard Selk USN
Sea 1c Leo Selles USN
Sea 2c Joseph Selvester USN
F 2c William Seplesky USN
Sea 2c James Serrenho USN
Sea 1c Joseph Sganga USN
Sea 2c Robert Shanks USN


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