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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, January 21, 1945
Kamikaze Attack near Formosa
Ticonderoga, along with other carriers of TF 38 transited to a suitable launch site for striking the airfields January 22, 1945 on Formosa, in the Pescadores, and at Sakishima Gunto. ... Just after noon, a single-engined Japanese plane scored a hit on USS Langley with a glide-bombing attack. Seconds later, a kamikaze emerged from the clouds and plunged into Ticonderoga, crashing through her flight deck with his bomb exploding just above the hangar deck. Several planes erupted into flames. Death and destruction abounded, but the ship's company fought valiantly to save the threatened carrier. ... Taking advantage of the damaged condition of Ticonderoga, other kamikazes quickly pounced on the stricken carrier. Her antiaircraft gunners struck back with methodical, ferocity and quickly swatted three tormentors into the sea. A fourth plane slipped through AA barrage and smashed into the carrier's starboard side near the island. ... His bomb set more planes on fire, riddled the flight deck, and injured or killed another 100 sailors-including the CO. ... Smart shiphandling enabled the ship to keep the wind from fanning the blaze. The magazines and other compartments were flooded to prevent further explosions and to correct a 10-degree starboard list. Finally, the damage control party was directed to induce a ten degree port list by flooding compartments on Ticonderoga's port side which dumped the fire overboard! Fire-fighters and plane handlers completed the job by dousing the flames and jettisoning burning aircraft.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 137

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 1c John Agoglia USN
Sea 2c Byron Conner USN
Cdr Clair Miller USN
Sea 2c Peter Kooistra USN
GM 3c Warren Jones USN
Sea 2c John Geis USN
Sea 2c Billy Shelley USN
AMM 2c Joseph Oppedisano USN
Sea 1c Douglas Macdonald USN
Cox Frank Alesi USN
Sea 1c Stanley Conniff USN
Sea 1c Essie Loucks USN
Sea 1c William Kean USN
Sea 1c Arthur Johanson USN
MM 3c Carl Gaworecki USN
AMM 1c Glenn Smiley USN
Sea 1c William Staufner USN
Sea 2c Alfred Beauregard USN
BM 2c Thomas Armstrong USN
Ens John Cowan USN


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