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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 ascending Service Branch
F 1c Kenneth Work USN
F 1c Edwin Wojnar USN
F 1c Chester Witkowski USN
GM 3c John Williford USN
F 2c John Williams USN
F 2c Walter Wilcox USN
F 2c Joseph Wieczorek USN
F 1c Irving Whittier USN
Ens Chester Wheeler USN
CMM Carl Updegraff USN
Y 3c Joseph Thompson USN
SK 2c Hubert Taylor USN
F 2c Gerald Swerling USN
RDM 2c Earl Stropes USN
TM 2c Trumand Strong USN
WT 1c John Stockemer USN
TM 3c Walter Stalun USN
PhM 2c John Sheridan USN
F 2c Augustus Roberts USN
CGM Charles Redding USN