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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
CMM Carl Updegraff USN
F 2c Frederick Grassman USN
Ens Chester Wheeler USN
Sea 1c Leo Feldkamp USN
Sea 2c George Lane USN
Sea 2c Paul Orr USN
Sea 2c Fred Pack USN
F 1c Irving Whittier USN
F 1c Charles Gumm USN
MM 2c George Abbott USN
WT 3c Harold Ferguson USN
Sea 2c Donald Laney USN
Sea 2c Thomas Orth USN
MOMM 2c Arthur Peterson USN
F 2c Joseph Wieczorek USN
Sea 1c Pedro Gutierrez USN
EM 3c Alfred Akers USN
Sea 1c John Finley USN
Sea 2c Richard Larmer USN
Sea 2c Carol Orvis USN