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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

Name Service Branchsort ascending
SOM 3c Louis Borci USN
BM 2c John Jarnagin USN
CFC Charlie Martin USN
SOM 3c Carl Greene USN
F 2c James Eslick USN
Sea 1c Leo Selles USN
WT 2c Frank Radik USN
Sea 1c Thomas Mulhern USN
BM 2c John Flowers USN
F 2c Alvin Borel USN
EM 3c Erich Johnson USN
Cox Ray Mallette USN
Sea 1c Thomas Gricks USN
Sea 1c Frank Faust USN
Sea 1c Joseph Sganga USN
F 1c Frank Pupich USN
MM 1c James Morson USN
F 1c Ralph Aiken USN
Sea 1c Burton Brodie USN
Sea 1c Alfon Knippa USN


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