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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
SM 3c Robert Miller USN
Sea 1c John Merchant USN
Sea 1c William Mcarthur USN
RM 2c Elvin Mason USN
RM 2c John Linn USN
MM 1c Norman Labarr USN
GM 2c Kingdon Kellogg USN
PhM 2c Lemuel Jordan USN
CMM Virgil Higgins USN
EM 2c Francis Hartsell USN
CPhM Bob Hague USN
CRT John Goad USN
F 1c Thomas George USN
RT 1c Warren Fairbrook USN
Sea 1c Johnnie Duncan USN
CWT Robert Dilger USN
RM 2c Leon Diehl USN
Sea 1c Austin Dickson USN
Sea 1c Rudolph Desalvatore USN
Sea 1c Wilburt Defrehn USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships