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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
CFC Charlie Martin USN
Cox Ray Mallette USN
CWT Arthur Mackro USN
Sea 1c Joseph Lyons USN
Sea 1c Robert Lowney USN
CMM George Longcor USN
F 1c Jack Lokotzke USN
F 1c Claude Logan USN
Sea 2c Clyde Limburg USN
Sea 1c Richard Lent USN
Sea 2c Thurman Lee USN
Sea 2c George Ledbetter USN
MM 2c Earl Lawrence USN
MM 1c William Land USN
Sea 2c Hugh Kyle USN
Sea 1c Alfon Knippa USN
EM 3c Carl Jordan USN
EM 3c Erich Johnson USN
M 1c Vernon Jernigan USN
BM 2c John Jarnagin USN


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