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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 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
GM 2c William Mitchell USN
Sea 1c George Angelopoulos USN
TM 3c Viggo Petersen USN
Sea 1c Wilburt Defrehn USN
Sea 1c Rudolph Desalvatore USN
MM 1c Anthony Bielunas USN
RM 1c Glenn Ramsey USN
Sea 1c William Deese USN
Cox Fred Brightwell USN
Sea 1c Orville Purple USN
RM 2c Leon Diehl USN
Lt(jg) Wilbert Brown USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships