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From midnight to 4 a.m., the day is pretty quiet with routine observations.

In the 4 to 8 a.m. period, the crew shoots down an enemy plane.

At 8:30 a.m. the main battle begins when three hostile aircraft are sighted and shot down. The Evans comes under severe enemy air attack and, between 8:35 and 9:04 a.m., the Evans with some assists from the USS Hugh W. Hadley (DD774) shoots down 13 enemy aircraft.

At 9:07 a.m. the Evans receives its first hit from an enemy aircraft that crashes into her port bow. The second kamikaze hits the port side, its bomb piercing the hull and exploding in the after fire room. The third hits the superstructure deck and crashes through the galley. Its bomb explodes in the forward fire room. The last suicide aircraft strikes the boat davit on the starboard side of the main deck and sets the main and director decks on fire.

During the battle the Evans shot down 19 enemy aircraft unassisted, four of which were successful suicide attacks, and assisted the Hadley in shooting down 3 and another with combat air patrol. At 11:55 a.m. the deck log reported 120 men transferred to the USS Ringness (APD100), 6 men killed and 31 wounded during the action.

At the 6:30 p.m. muster, it was determined that 22 men were missing in action, bringing the total killed in the battle to 28.


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DECK LOG — ADDITIONAL REMARKS SHEET

UNITED STATES SHIP EVANS (DD552)
 Friday, May 11, 1945

ADDITIONAL REMARKS

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Steaming in company with U.S.S. HUGH W. HADLEY (DD774), U.S.S. LSM 193, U.S.S. LCS 82, U.S.S. LCS 83 and U.S.S. LCS 84 as support ship on Radar Picket Station No. 15, Northwest of Okinawa Jima, Nansei Shoto. On station 1500 yards astern of U.S.S. HUGH W. HADLEY using a box patrol to base courses 050º T and P.G.C., 053º P.Stg.C., 230º T and P.G.C., 233º P.Stg.C., speed 15 knots (150 RPM). OTC, Commanding Officer U.S.S. HUGH W. HADLEY, CTU, Commanding Officer U.S.S. EVANS. Boilers No.1 and No.4 in use for steaming purposes. Ship darkened and in Condition of Readiness II. 0151 Enemy aircraft in vicinity - General Quarters. 0204 Changed speed to 27 knots (284 RPM). 0229 Changed speed to 16 knots (161 RPM). 0247 Set Condition of Readiness I Easy. 0340 Set Condition I.

E. D. FLYNN, Jr., Lieutenant, U.S.N.R.

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Steaming as before. 0555 Area clear of enemy aircraft. Set Condition of Readiness II. Lighted ship. 0640 Enemy aircraft in vicinity – General Quarters. Changed speed to 27 knots (284 RPM). 0654 Area clear of enemy aircraft. Set Condition of Readiness II. Changed speed to 15 knots (150 RPM). 0751 Enemy seaplane sighted on port quarter, distance 10 miles – General Quarters. Changed speed to 27 knots (284 RPM). 0753 Commenced firing. 0757 Shot down the enemy plane identified as "JAKE" about 1000 yards on starboard quarter.

A. V. LORENTSON, Lt(jg)., U.S.N.R.

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Steaming as before. 0830 Sighted three low flying enemy planes closing on same bearing off port quarter, distance about 6 miles at 1500 yard intervals.

0831 Commenced firing and shot down leading plane (KATE) at 6000 yards by main battery.

0832 Second plane (KATE) was hit and disintegrated at 4000 yards on port beam. The third plane (KATE) went down in flames about 500 yards off port beam as a result of 40mm fire. Continued firing as severe enemy air attack developed.

0835 Steaming in formation 3500 yards on starboard quarter of HADLEY. Opened fire at same time as HADLEY on a plane coming in on her beam in shallow dive 3500 yards from HADLEY and EVANS. Splashed enemy aircraft (type undetermined) dead ahead of EVANS and on beam HADELY about 3000 yards; an assist with HADLEY.

0839 "ZEKE" approached from high on starboard quarter in steep dive; taken under fire by main battery at 7000, by 40mm at 3500 yards. Splashed on starboard quarter 2500 yards, undoubtedly by main battery.

0840 Lighted fires under boilers #2 and #3.

0841 "ZEKE" approached from high on starboard quarter in steep dive. It was taken under fire by 40mm and 20mm battery at 2000 yards and shot down 800 yards on starboard beam. 0845 Enemy plane (TONY) approached on EVANS port bow towards HADLEY (Then on our port bow 3000 yards) in a shallow dive at high speed and was taken under fire by main battery at 5000 yards. Splashed close aboard HADLEY on her port quarter; an assist with HADLEY. 0847 Enemy plane (TONY) approached from high and deep on port quarter in very steep dive, was taken under fire by 40mm and 20mm battery and set on fire. It dropped bomb close aboard on starboard bow and was taken under fire by main battery and shot down 1500 yards on starboard bow.

0849 Enemy plane (OSCAR) approached from port quarter in Shallow high speed dive. It was taken under fire by main battery at 6000 yards, machine gun battery at 4000 yards. Plane crashed in flames 1000 yards on port quarter.

0850 Enemy plane (JILL) taken under fire by main battery at 10,000 yards on port beam at a very low altitude, was shot down 7000 yards on port beam.

0851 Enemy plane (KATE) was taken under fire by main battery and machine gun battery at 5000 yards bearing 330º relative. Plane was on fire at 3000 yards. Plane dropped torpedo at 200 yards two points forward of the port beam. Hard left rudder was on and torpedo crossed just ahead of bow. Plane, already on fire, was shot down going away 2000 yards off starboard bow. 0854 Enemy plane (TONY), approaching from EVANS port bow, was taken under fire by HADLEY and EVANS main batteries at 7000 yards. Plane was shot down equal distance from HADLEY and EVANS at 3500 yards; an assist with HADLEY.

0856 Enemy plane (VAL) approached from high and deep on port quarter. It was taken under fire by main battery at 6000 yards, by machine guns at 4000 yards. Plane was set on fire at 2000 yards, crossed ship and crashed 2000 yards on starboard bow,

0901 Enemy plane (OSCAR) approached from deep on port quarter in shallow high speed dive. It was taken under fire by main battery at 6000 yards. Plane was set on fire at 4000 yards and dropped bomb 400 yards on port quarter. Plane was shot down going away 1500 yards on port bow.

0902 Cut boilers #2 and #3 in on the main steam line. Enemy plane (JILL) approached from port beam at a very low altitude. Plane was taken under fire by machine gun battery at 5000 yards. Shot off planes port wing and plane crashed into sea 500 yards on port beam.

0904 Enemy plane (TONY) approached from deep on port quarter, altitude 2500 feet. Plane taken under fire by main battery at 10,000 yards. Plane shot down 9000 yards on port quarter.

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Enemy plane (JUDY) was taken under fire 3000 yards on port bow. Plane, on fire at 1000 yards, crashed into port bow at frame 16.

0909 Enemy plane (TONY) approached from port beam 2000 feet altitude. Plane was taken under fire by main battery at 8000 yards and was shot down 3500 yards on port beam.

0911 Enemy plane (unidentified) approached on port beam, was taken under fire by main battery and machine guns, who set him on fire, suicided into port side at about frame 122. Bomb pierced the hull and exploded in after fire room. After fire room and after engine room flooded instantaneously as bulkhead was blown out. Steering control was lost.

0913 Enemy suicide aircraft, identified as (OSCAR), taken under fire and hit both by the main battery and machine gun battery, approaching out of sun on port quarter, hit superstructure deck, crashed through galley. Bomb penetrated main deck exploding in forward fire room. A second enemy suicide aircraft (OSCAR), approaching from starboard bow, struck boat davit crashing in approximately the same place on starboard side main deck, causing gasoline fires on main deck, bridge and director deck. All power, light and most communications were lost and ship dead in water.

0925 Enemy aircraft was sighted dead ahead, distance 4000 yards with combat air patrol F4U's in pursuit. Enemy was taken under fire and hits by #2 40mm machine gun at 2500 yards were observed on port wing. Plane passed down port side very close aboard and crashed 250 yards astern.

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During the action this ship shot down nineteen enemy aircraft unassisted, four of which were successful in suicide crashes on board, and in addition, assisted in shooting down three enemy aircraft with U.S.S. HUGH W. HADLEY and one with combat air patrol. Ammunition expended: approximately 550 rounds of 5"/38 Cal. special, 250 rounds 5"/38 Cal. AA Common, 3400 rounds 40mm and 550 rounds 20mm ammunition. Details of action are covered in special Anti-Aircraft Action Report serial 004 of 22 May 1945. 0925 Fire broke out in anchor windlass room. 0929 U.S.S. LCS84. came alongside to starboard and assisted fighting fires in forward fire room, forward engine room and galley. Forward living spaces (Compt. A-302-L) and lower sound room (Compt. A-405-C) flooded due to hole in port side below waterline. 0950 Fire extinguished in anchor windlass room.

1020 Forward fire room and forward engine room flooded as a result of damage to hull starboard side of forward fire room and forward engine room in area of frame 91. All fires in fire room, on main deck, bridge and galley were extinguished.

1045 U.S.S. LCS 82 came alongside to port and commenced attempt to pump water from after engineering spaces. Jettisoned port anchor, three torpedoes, all depth charges and some ready service ammunition; unable to jettison other torpedoes because impulse charges were destroyed by explosion. U.S.S. LCS 84 shifted from starboard to port side.

1108 U.S.S. HARRY E. HUBBARD (DD748) came alongside to starboard and furnished pumps and impulse charges for torpedoes.

1110 U.S.S. LCS 82, making no headway in pumping after engineering spaces, shifted pumps to forward engineering spaces.

1115 Shored all bulkheads aft of after engine room.

1140 Draft forward 22 ft. aft estimated 16 ft.

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1155

Transferred 120 men, not required on board for salvage operation, and the following casualties to U.S.S. RINGNESS (APD100): (records and accounts of casualties to be transferred later).

The following named men, killed in action with the enemy: CLIPPERT, Donald Joseph, 300 72 70, MM2c, USN; HANNON, Donald Alfred, 245 37 32, WT2c(T), V6 USNR; KINNIN, Paul Lavern, 668 38 06, PhM2c, V6 USNR; SINGLE, John Hubert, 306 81 11, S2c, V6 USNR; TARAPCHAK, George (n), 820 34 32, F1c, V6 (SV) USNR; MISLAK, Leo Anthony, 827 08 08, S1c, V6 (SV) USNR.

The following named men wounded in action with the enemy: Lieutenant John Wallace GILPIN, File 100398, USN; Lieutenant Henry Gilliam NICHOLSON, File 102464, DE, USNR; Lieutenant (jg) William Everhard HERRON, Jr., File 269140, E, USNR; ANDREWS Nevel (n), 839 74 99, StM1c, USN-I; BRODERICK, Robert DeVALERA, 312-55 17, WT2c(T), V6 USNR; CASEY, Matthias William, 579 42 99, S1c, V6 USNR; DOCKERY, Willie (n), 337 88 46, Cox(T), USN; FLAHERTY, Edward Paul, 606 09 31, Cox(T), V6 USNR; FLEISHER, Martin Michael, 709 15 29, TM3c, V6 USNR; HOPKINS, Donald Monroe, 827 08 03, SKD3c(T), V6 (SV) USNR; KOVACH, Alex (n), 862 68 66, S1c, USN-I; MEZZO, Ernest Edward, 807 21 20, MoMM3c, USN-I; MONPAT, Raymond Frederick, 407 21 48, MM1c, 0-1 USNR; PALMER, Edward Harold, 393 54 56, MM3c, USN; PEDERSON, Homer (n), 620 85 72, S1c, V6 USNR; PERKINS, Eugene Charles, 818 14 11, S1c, V6 (SV),USNR; PLUMLEY, Carlos (n), 560-09 72, BM2c, V6 VSNR; ROTHSCHILD, Warren Edgar, 710 24 69, EM2c(T), V6 USNR; STOVER, Glenn Melvin, 615 61 82, MM2c, V6 USNR; SNEED, Wallace Franklin, 295 79 00, MM2c, USN; THOMAS, LeRoy Clarence, 299 51 65, CMM(PA), USN; VICTOR, Ralph Frederick, Jr., 209-23 37, F1c V6 USNR; VOIGHT, David (n), 920 75 43, S1c, V6 (SV) USNR; WILHELM, Albert Wade, 258 53 18, F1c, USN; WRIGHT, Alvert Calvis, 272 23 20, StM1c, USN; WRIGHT, Norman Wills, 615 79 55, WT3c, V6 USNR; ZIGLER, Lowell Richard, 723 36 20, MM2c, V6 USNR; MC KINNEY, David Karrick, 622 51 35, Y1c, V3 USNR; VINCE, Santo Joseph, 907 10 49, F1c, V6 (SV) USNR.

The following named men, wounded in action with the enemy, not seriously, remained aboard: BISGROVE, Leonard Charles, 283 25 75, CGM(AA)T, USN; PETERS, Leo Floyd, 629 64 51, EM1c(T), V6 USNR.

A. V. LORENTSON, Lt(jg)., U.S.N.R.

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Lying to as before. 1300 U.S.S. HARRY E. HUBBARD got underway from starboard side. U.S.S. ARIKARA (ATF 98) came alongside to starboard and commenced pumping water from forward engineering spaces.

1350 U.S.S. ARIKARA got underway and commenced towing from ahead proceeding to Ie Shima, Okinawa Gunto, Nansei Shoto. U.S.S. (LCS84) and U.S.S. LCS 82 remained alongside and continued pumping and assisted in towing.

1355 Jettisoned five additional torpedoes by firing from tubes.

1430 Draft forward 20 ft., aft. estimated 16 ft. 1450 U.S.S. CREE (ATF84) Came alongside to starboard and assisted towing.

A. V. LORENTSON, Lt(jg)., U.S.N.R.

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Underway in tow as before.

1630 Commenced pumping fuel oil overboard.

1830 Held muster of crew remaining aboard. The following named men were determined missing in action: ARMENT, Edward Lee Jr., 618 61 36, WT3c, V6 USNR; BOOR, Rhesa Fillmore, 299-54 01, CWT(PA), USN; DOYLE, Herbert James, 613 25 93, WT3c, V6 USNR; ENGLERTH, Harry Leon, 346 85 54, WT1c(T), USN; GETCHELL, Stephen Martin, 380 86 46, WT1c, USN; JONIKAS, Bernard Anton, 851 70 30, F1c, V6 (SV) USNR; LILES, Herman Reid, 658 72 73, WT1c(T), V2 USNR; MILLER, Norman Mathias, 313 86 83, S1c, V6 USNR; MYERS, Jewel Fred, 360 10 94, WT1c, USN; ROBERT, Ernest Bruno, 601 13 93, WT2c(T), V6 USNR; SHEPHERD, Charlie Gordon Jr., 295 25 01, CWT(AA), USN; TUCKER, John Clifton, 258 61 09, F1c, USN; URTON, William Reeves, 555 92 14, Slc(FCR), V6 USNR; HASSELL, Edward Walter, 817 36 25, F1c(MM), (SV) USN; MEYER, John Donald, 638 77 66, F1c, V6 USNR; BOUCHER, Armand Eugene, 824 90 25,MM2c, USN-I; HELWAGEN, Arthur Frederick, 570 17 96, MM2c, V6 USNR; KEMP, Mary Lee, 263 55 46, MM3c, USN; POTTER, Hamilton Horton, 287 04 02, CMM(PA), USN; BOURKE, Johnnie Ford, 644 12 43, MM1c, V6 USNR; ERWIN, Donald Edward, 560 05 76, WT2c(T), V6 USNR; SHEPHERD, William Joseph, 603 72 74, WT3c, V6 USNR. 0900 Discontinued pumping fuel oil overboard.

1915 Stopped in Berth M-15, IeShima, Okinawa Gunto with mooring lines over to U.S.S. CREE, U.S.S. LCS 82 and, U.S.S. LCS 84, who continued pumping operations.

A. V. LORENTSON, Lt(jg)., U.S.N.R.

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APPROVED:
R. J. ARCHER,
Comdr., U. S. N. COMMANDING
EXAMINED:
M. O'HEARN, Jr., Lt., R. U. S. N. NAVIGATOR

TO BE FORWARDED DIRECT TO THE BUREAU OF NAVAL PERSONNEL AT THE END OF EACH MONTH.