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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 1c John Sowell USN
RM 2c Elvin Mason USN
Sea 1c William Wendt USN
Sea 1c George Rovin USN
GM 2c Kingdon Kellogg USN
RM 3c Arnold White USN
TM 3c Richard Rolfe USN
MM 1c Norman Labarr USN
CEM August Winter USN
TM 1c Anthony Snoble USN
PhM 2c Lemuel Jordan USN
Sea 1c Clyde Murphy USN
Sea 1c John Sellers USN
RT 1c Warren Fairbrook USN
Sea 1c William Spencer USN
Sea 1c John Passarelli USN
CWT Robert Dilger USN
Sea 1c William Mcarthur USN
CTM Paul Pfeiffer USN
Sea 1c Johnnie Duncan USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships