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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Tuesday, March 27, 1945
Kamikaze off Kerama Retto
Aircraft attacked USS O'Brien on March 27, off Kerama Retto while U.S. forces secured an advance logistics base for the attack on the Japanese home islands. ... One plane crashed into the water as a result of gunfire while another, a Val suicide plane carrying a 500 pound bomb, crashed into the port side amidships exploding a magazine. ... Fifty were killed or missing and seventy-six wounded in the valiant crew.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 50

Namesort ascending Service Branch
CEM August Winter USN
RM 3c Arnold White USN
Sea 1c William Wendt USN
Sea 1c Earl Thorpe USN
Sea 1c William Spencer USN
Sea 1c John Sowell USN
TM 1c Anthony Snoble USN
Sea 1c John Sellers USN
Sea 1c George Rovin USN
TM 3c Richard Rolfe USN
RM 1c Glenn Ramsey USN
Sea 1c Orville Purple USN
CTM Paul Pfeiffer USN
TM 3c Viggo Petersen USN
Sea 1c John Passarelli USN
Sea 2c Vernon Norris USN
Sea 1c Clyde Murphy USN
Sea 1c John Mosley USN
Sea 1c Charles Mooneyham USN
GM 2c William Mitchell USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships