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Robley Evans

Ship Designation: 
DD-552
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

Name Service Branchsort descending
F 1c George Tarapchak USN
F 1c Edward Hassell USN
CMM Hamilton Potter USN
WT 2c Donald Hannon USN
WT 1c Jewel Myers USN
WT 1c Stephen Getchell USN
WT 2c Ernest Robert USN
WT 3c Herbert Doyle USN
WT 3c William Shepherd USN
WT 1c Harry Englerth USN
CWT Charlie Shepherd USN
WT 2c Donald Erwin USN
Sea 2c John Single USN
MM 3c Mary Kemp USN
WT 3c Edward Arment USN
PhM 2c Paul Kinnin USN
CWT Rhesa Boor USN
SK 3c Donald Hopkins USN
MM 2c Armand Boucher USN
F 1c Bernard Jonikas USN

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