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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
EM 1c Richard Cobb USN
Sea 1c Max Cohen USN
RDM 3c Albert Conoly USN
F 1c Joseph Coy USN
FC 3c Ray Creighton USN
QM 3c Russell Cruce USN
Sea 1c Herby Davis USN
MM 3c Edwin Douglas USN
F 2c Carl Edwards USN
F 2c James Eslick USN
Sea 1c Frank Faust USN
BM 2c John Flowers USN
Lt(jg) Ross Foster USN
Sea 1c Leonard Francis USN
SOM 3c Carl Greene USN
Sea 1c Thomas Gricks USN
TM 2c Mathias Gross USN
Ens Donald Hall USN
Sea 1c Joe Harjo USN
Sea 1c Robert Harrington USN


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