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"USS St. Lo (CVE?63) Monument" Top 5 Page for this destination San Diego Off The Beaten Path Tip by Yaqui

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USS St. Lo (CVE–63) was a Casablanca-class escort carrier of the United States Navy during World War II. On October 25, 1944 St. Lo became the first major warship to sink as the result of a kamikaze attack. Around 1047 a battle began when an air attack by the Shikishima Special Attack Unit in the Gulf of Leyte. A plane flown by Lt. Yukio Seki crashed on the flight deck, penetrating the deck that blew out the port side of the hangar deck where aircraft were being rearmed. After many explosions and fire, the ship sank. The ships crew consisted of 889 souls, but sadly 113 were killed or missing and approximately 30 others died of their wounds. The survivors were rescued from the water by the USS Heermann, USS John C. Butler, USS Raymond, and USS Dennis (which picked up 434 survivors.)

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
P.O. Box 6237
San Diego, CA 92166

Phone: (619) 553-2084

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