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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, December 11, 1944
Kamikaze Attacks near Surigao Straits
Escorting reinforcements for Ormoc Bay near Surigao Straits Reid destroyed seven Japanese planes, before she sank from repeated kamikaze crashes. Her 150 survivors were picked up by landing craft in her convoy. ...The tradegy of 11 December 1944 was the snuffing out of lives of almost half of the ship's company. They all were at their battle stations fighting to save the Reid one minute, and dead the next. Any way one looks at it, it was an unmitigated disaster. With one or two exceptions these were young people in their teens abd early twenties with their whole lives ahead of them. They were good, well-trained destroyer sailors who had experienced more than their share of close-call air attacks. They didn't do something they shouldn't have done, or fail to do something they should have done. The savagery of the attack was just more than any destroyer could handle - and it cost these men their lives.

We honor their memory and pay tribute to their sacrifice.

CAPT. Rufus C. Porter, USN (Ret)
The last Executive Officer
of the USS REID(DD-369)

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 103

Namesort descending Service Branch
WT 2c Russell Pitts USN
GM 2c Frank Power USN
Sea 1c Howard Rawlings USN
CGM Charles Redding USN
F 2c Augustus Roberts USN
PhM 2c John Sheridan USN
TM 3c Walter Stalun USN
WT 1c John Stockemer USN
TM 2c Trumand Strong USN
RDM 2c Earl Stropes USN
F 2c Gerald Swerling USN
SK 2c Hubert Taylor USN
Y 3c Joseph Thompson USN
CMM Carl Updegraff USN
Ens Chester Wheeler USN
F 1c Irving Whittier USN
F 2c Joseph Wieczorek USN
F 2c Walter Wilcox USN
F 2c John Williams USN
GM 3c John Williford USN