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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 ascending
Sea 2c James Oliver USN
Sea 2c Albert Owens USN
F 2c Gerald Swerling USN
Lt(jg) James Gohmann USN
Lt Densmore Collins USN
TM 1c Carrol Duff USN
F 2c Joseph Jeffries USN
Sea 2c Donald Oppenheim USN
Sea 2c Thomas Owens USN
SK 2c Hubert Taylor USN
Sea 1c Joseph Galvin USN
Ens Robert Landes USN
F 2c Michael Duran USN
WT 2c James Johnson USN
Sea 2c Albert Orehovic USN
Sea 2c Walter Ozimek USN
Y 3c Joseph Thompson USN
SC 3c Humbert Galindo USN
Ens Richard Leppert USN
Sea 1c Robert Falls USN