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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Friday, May 25, 1945
Kamikaze Attack near Ie Shima
SPECTACLE took patrol station near Ie Shima and, early in the morning, splashed a `'Betty. ... At 0805, a diving kamikaze crashed into the minesweeper, striking the ship under her port 40-millimeter gun tub, causing extensive damage. Her rudder jammed. She dropped anchor to avoid running over her men in the water. ... Spectacle's losses were: 11 killed outright, four who died of wounds, six wounded, and 14 missing in action. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships 1 535 Stephen Hopkins 9 27 1942 1942-09-27 00:00:00.000 Sunk by German Raiders The extraordinary heroism and outstanding devotion to duty of the officers and crew of the Armed Guard and the ship's company were in keeping with the highest tradition of American seamanship. Their fearless determination to fight their ship and perseverance to engage the enemy to the utmost until their ship was rendered useless, aflame and in a sinking condition, demonstrated conduct beyond the call of duty. - Office of Chief of Naval Operations

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 39

Namesort descending Service Branch
A.B. William Adrian USMM
Sea 2c Lyle Berry USN
Sea 2c William Beyer USN
Master Paul Buck USMM
O.S. James Burke USMM
Deck Cadet Arthur Chamberlin USMM
Sea 2c Charles Cleveland USN
Sea 2c Peter Demars USN
Cook Albert Eltiste USMM
Wiper Henry Engel USMM
1st Engineer Charles Fitzgerald USMM
F/W Michael Fitzpatrick USMM
Radio Officer Hudson Hewey USMM
Sea 2c Vernie Jackson USN
Carpenter Hugh Kuhl USMM
2nd Mate Joseph Layman USMM
A.B. Karl Legergren USMM
Sea 1c Otto Little USN
Messman Herbert Lowe USMM
Deck Engineer Nick Makres USMM


A Careless Word, a Needless Sinking