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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services


Robley Evans

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Friday, May 11, 1945
Kamikaze Attacks near Okinawa
Evans, in company with Hugh W Hadley (DD-774) was assigned radar picket duty northwest of Okinawa. ... During the first night on station, May 10 and 11, enemy planes were constantly in evidence, more than a hundred attacked the two destroyers and the two LCSs with them. Evans fought determinedly against this overwhelming assault, splashing many of the attackers but in quick succession, four kamikazes struck her. ... Evans' after engineering spaces flooded, and she lost power. 32 of her crew were killed and another 27 were wounded.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 30

Namesort ascending Service Branch
F 1c Charles Wachter USN
Sea 1c William Urton USN
F 1c John Tucker USN
F 1c George Tarapchak USN
Sea 2c John Single USN
WT 3c William Shepherd USN
CWT Charlie Shepherd USN
WT 2c Ernest Robert USN
CMM Hamilton Potter USN
WT 1c Jewel Myers USN
Sea 1c Leo Mislak USN
Sea 1c Norman Miller USN
F 1c John Meyer USN
WT 1c Herman Liles USN
PhM 2c Paul Kinnin USN
MM 3c Mary Kemp USN
F 1c Bernard Jonikas USN
SK 3c Donald Hopkins USN
MM 2c Arthur Helwagen USN
F 1c Edward Hassell USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)