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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Friday, May 25, 1945
Kamikaze Attack out of Hagushi Anchorage
The weather was bad on the morning of May 25, with poor visibility and intermittent rain squalls. ... At 0905, a Japanese plane was sighted as it passed between two Navy planes and headed for Ammen (DD-527) directly ahead of Stormes At the last moment, the plane turned and crashed into Stormes aft torpedo mount. Its bomb exploded in the magazine under her number three 5-inch mount. The ship was on fire, and sea water poured through holes in the hull. ... By noon, repair parties had extinguished the fires and plugged the holes. Twenty-one members of the crew were killed and 15 injured.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 21

Namesort descending Service Branch
MM 3c Walter Zagajewski USN