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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
CEM George Forbes USN
F 2c Jack Fletcher USN
Sea 1c John Finley USN
WT 3c Harold Ferguson USN
Sea 1c Leo Feldkamp USN
Sea 1c Robert Falls USN
F 2c Michael Duran USN
TM 1c Carrol Duff USN
Sea 2c Donald Davidson USN
WT 3c Paul Crowe USN
F 2c John Colopy USN
Lt Densmore Collins USN
StM 2c Mclean Chavis USN
Sea 1c William Carr USN
StM 2c Garland Carouthers USN
WT 3c Arthur Burkett USN
SM 3c Fred Brooks USN
Sea 2c Charles Bierbaum USN
B 1c Stanley Bates USN
F 1c Arthur Anderson USN