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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Tuesday, May 1, 1945
Kamikaze Attack at Kerama Retto
Throughout April, Terror remained at Kerama Retto providing logistic services and receiving casualties from ships hit by kamikazes. During the long and arduous month, Terror’s crew went to general quarters 93 times, for periods ranging from seven minutes to six and one-half hours. ... On 1 May 1945, as Terror lay at anchor in Kerama Retto, a kamikaze dove toward the ship. ... Darting through the smoke screen and approaching Terror’s port beam, the attacker banked around the stern, then came in from the starboard quarter so rapidly that only the stern guns had time to open fire. As the plane crashed into the ship's communication platform, one of its bombs exploded. The other bomb penetrated the main deck before exploding. The aircraft's engine tore through the ship's bulkheads to land in the wardroom. Fire flared immediately in the superstructure but was soon controlled and, within two hours, was extinguished. Flooding of the magazines prevented possible explosions, and no engineering damage occurred, but the kamikaze had exacted its toll. ... The attack cost Terror 171 casualties: 41 dead, 7 missing, and 123 wounded.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 49

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 2c William Cohen USN
Sea 1c Edward Gadzaliszyn USN
Sea 2c Harry Staten USN
Sea 1c Joseph Coradetti USN
Lt sc George Owens USN
Lt sc Edward Taylor USN
SK 2c Claude Cotten USN
Bkr 1c Clyde Norman USN
StM 1c James York USN
StM 1c Ralph Jackson USN
F 1c David Morrison USN
Std 3c Wilfred Wilson USN
Sea 1c John Hoover USN
Sea 2c Francis Neer USN
Y 3c Richard Winkler USN
Sea 2c John Mcmahon USN
SC 1c Virgil Ranft USN
Sea 1c Walter Weller USN
LCdr Roger Alaux USN
Cox Paul Lessard USN


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