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USS SANGAMON   (ACV-26)
(later CVE-26)
Special Feature

The Don Schroeder Collection


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Kamikaze Attack; Okinawa, May 4, 1945
(Part 1 - Photos)

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Captain's boat taken aboard at Kerama Retto, May 4, 1945.

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Leaving Kerama Retto, May 4, 1945.

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Kamikaze dive that missed, May 4, 1945, 7PM.

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May 4, 1945, 1900. Kamikaze came so close it took off radio antennas just aft of bridge. 33 minutes later Sangamon took direct hit by kamikaze.

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Only picture taken when hit at night, May 4, 1945.

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Flight deck looking aft, May 5, 1945.

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Another view of flight deck looking aft, after kamikaze hit, May 5, 1945.

(Photo contributed by Brian Bartlett; caption by Don Schroeder)

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Another view of flight deck looking aft, after kamikaze hit, May 5, 1945.

(Photo contributed by Brian Bartlett; caption by Don Schroeder)

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Hole and other damage to flight deck after kamikaze hit, May 5, 1945.

(Photo contributed by Brian Bartlett; caption by Don Schroeder)

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Flight deck looking aft, after kamikaze hit, May 5, 1945.

(Photo contributed by Brian Bartlett; caption by Don Schroeder)

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Flight deck looking forward, May 5, 1945.

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Damage to tractors that were used to move planes on flight deck, after kamikaze hit, May 5, 1945.

(Photo contributed by Brian Bartlett; caption by Don Schroeder)

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May 5, 1945. The crew is mustering at stations to see who is missing from the attack the night before. There is no one at the bridge: steering has been transferred to aft steering on the port side due to damage on the bridge from the kamikaze hit.

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Hanger deck, May 5, 1945.

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"This view from the Hangar Deck looking up through the Flight Deck shows part of the hole made by the Jap plane."

"The explosion also blew several holes in the side of the ship."

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Damage to hanger deck after kamikaze hit, May 5, 1945. Half of rear elevator down in elevator shaft.

(Photo contributed by Brian Bartlett; caption by Don Schroeder)

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All that was left of Jap plane after May 4, 1945 attack.

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This was the only communications the USS Sangamon had after she was hit by a kamikaze destroying all planes but this one and all radio and radar equipment.

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Conference on May 5, 1945, to make decision on where to go: (left to right) Captain Malstrom, Rear Admiral William D. Sample, and Commander O'Beirne.

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Cmdr O'Beirne (Executive Officer), left middle, and Capt Malstrom, right middle; May 5, 1945.

(Photo contributed by Brian Bartlett; caption by Don Schroeder)

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Controling ship from aft steering station, May 5, 1945, as communications from the bridge had been lost: Lt Kramer, asst. navigator; Cmdr Moore, navigator; Cmdr O'Beirne, XO.

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Burial at sea on May 5, 1945 prior to leaving Task Force to head home.

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(See also: Burial Edition of "Sangy News")

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Transferring casualties from the Sangamon to a destroyer, May 5, 1945.

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As above.

(Photo contributed by Brian Bartlett; caption by Don Schroeder)

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Set of 5 official photos, with their captions. (Contributed by Ed Zajkowski.)


USS Sangamon (ACV-26/CVE-26)
The Don Schroeder Collection



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