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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
Sea 2c Robert Shanks USN
Ens Frank Purnell USN
F 1c Ralph Aiken USN
Sea 1c Burton Brodie USN
Sea 1c Alfon Knippa USN
Sea 1c Joseph Lyons USN
MM 3c Calvin Higgins USN
MM 3c Edwin Douglas USN
F 2c William Seplesky USN
RT 2c Robert Parks USN
F 1c Edward Allen USN
Sea 2c Vincent Carlson USN
Sea 2c Hugh Kyle USN
Cox Ignatius Mierta USN
PhM 1c Arthur Herzer USN
TM 2c Aage Soelberg USN
Sea 2c James Serrenho USN
FC 1c Stanley Orzel USN
StM 1c Harry Allison USN
Sea 2c Kenneth Carnicle USN


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