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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
Sea 1c William Deese USN
SF 2c Hugh Cook USN
Sea 1c Daniel Collins USNR
Sea 1c William Cisowski USN
CBM Fletcher Carr USN
SOM 2c Darryl Byrge USN
Lt(jg) Wilbert Brown USN
Cox Fred Brightwell USN
MM 1c Anthony Bielunas USN
Sea 1c George Angelopoulos USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships