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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
B 1c Stanley Bates USN
F 2c Jack Fletcher USN
WT 1c Willard Markuson USN
Sea 2c Clifford Osborne USN
GM 2c Frank Power USN
F 2c John Williams USN
F 2c Lawrence Olson USN
Sea 2c Charles Bierbaum USN
CEM George Forbes USN
Sea 1c William Mcdonald USN
F 2c George Oslakovic USN
Sea 1c Howard Rawlings USN
GM 3c John Williford USN
SM 3c Fred Brooks USN
Sea 1c Norman Freeman USN
Sea 1c Robert Mcelhone USN
Sea 2c Leo Ostarly USN
CGM Charles Redding USN
F 1c Chester Witkowski USN
WT 3c Arthur Burkett USN