USS Drexler (DD-741)

Casualty List

Navy US Navy
Type Destroyer
Class Sumner 
Pennant DD 741 
Built by Bath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Laid down 24 Apr 1944 
Launched 3 Sep 1944 
Commissioned 14 Nov 1944 
Lost 28 May 1945 
Loss position 27.06N, 127.38E
History Drexler departed Ulithi 27 March 1945 bound for Okinawa and dangerous duty on a radar picket station. On 28 May at 0700, two kamikazes attacked Drexler and Lowry. The first was downed by the combined fire of the two destroyers and planes from the combat air patrol. The second tried to crash onto Lowry but missed, hitting Drexler instead and cutting off all power and starting large gasoline fires. Despite the heavy damage, she kept firing, aiding in shooting down three planes which attacked immediately after the crash. At 0703, 28 May 1945 yet another aircraft crashed in flames into Drexler's superstructure. A tremendous explosion followed and the destroyer rolled on her starboard side and sank stern first in 2706' N., 12738' E., less than a minute after the second hit. Because of the speed with which she sank, casualties were heavy: 158 dead and 52 wounded, including the commanding officer.