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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 ascending Service Branch
Sea 1c Robert Roehr USN
Sea 1c Clark Robinson USN
Lt(jg) Duncan Ridge USN
WT 3c Frederick Raycraft USN
Sea 1c Max Ray USN
GM 3c Craig Ralston USN
WT 2c Frank Radik USN
Ens Frank Purnell USN
F 1c Frank Pupich USN
SC 3c Robert Prater USN
MM 2c Daniel Post USN
RT 2c Robert Parks USN
F 1c Alton Parker USN
RM 3c Sterling Paris USN
Lt(jg) George Paris USN
Sea 1c Bill Papin USN
Sea 1c Temple Owen USN
Sea 1c Anthony Osty USN
FC 1c Stanley Orzel USN
Bkr 2c Edmond Oliver USN


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