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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, December 30, 1944
Struck by Kamikaze near Mindoro
Porcupine, in company with a convoy of ships arrived Mangarin Bay December 30, eager to offload supplies and head back to Leyte before dark. Throughout most of the day the offloading proceeded smoothly, but then five Vals broke through and made a suicide attack. Within two minutes destroyers Gansevoort (DD-608) and Pringle (DD-477), tender Orestes (AGP-10), and Porcupine were hit. ... Porcupine was hit off White Beach by a low flyer which came in off her port bow. She opened fire with all guns, but was unable to divert the attacking Val from its course. The kamikaze released a bomb over the stricken ship's main deck and crashed in after it. Seven sailors died and eight were wounded. Fuel tanks ruptured; the engine room flooded and the plane's engine passed through the ship's hull, tearing a large hole beneath her water line.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 9

Namesort descending Service Branch
F 1c Jesse Burchett USN
WT 1c Henry Joiner USN
SM 3c Thomas Kenney USN
MM 3c George Lambert USN
StM 1c William Miner USN
Sea 1c John Mitchell USN
StM 1c Ray Odom USN
CPhM Zenon Plohocki USN
SC 2c John Quinn USN
Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)