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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 descending Service Branch
EM 2c Francis Hartsell USN
CMM Virgil Higgins USN
PhM 2c Lemuel Jordan USN
GM 2c Kingdon Kellogg USN
MM 1c Norman Labarr USN
RM 2c John Linn USN
RM 2c Elvin Mason USN
Sea 1c William Mcarthur USN
Sea 1c John Merchant USN
SM 3c Robert Miller USN
GM 2c William Mitchell USN
Sea 1c Charles Mooneyham USN
Sea 1c John Mosley USN
Sea 1c Clyde Murphy USN
Sea 2c Vernon Norris USN
Sea 1c John Passarelli USN
TM 3c Viggo Petersen USN
CTM Paul Pfeiffer USN
Sea 1c Orville Purple USN
RM 1c Glenn Ramsey USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships