ZELLARS burning with USS TENNESSEE in foreground

Taken from the USS PORTLAND before USS BENNION DD662 came alongside to assist & lend a doctor & Pharmacist mate  to administer emergancy medical treatment.

Oakinawa, 12 April 1945

  • AVRETT, WILLARD M.     FC1c     359-87-35  USNR
  • BIEBER, WILLIAM J.         S2c       961-16-03   USNR
  • BRADLEY, ANDREW       StM1c   296-05-72  USNR
  • BROCKMAN, EARLE E.    Ens      355494          USN
  • BURDETT, CHARLES R.   CCS     393-25-99    USN
  • COLEMAN, HENERY S.    SK1c     664-30-03  USNR
  • CRAIG, DAVID S.                S1c       891-03-84  USNR
  • DANKERT, FRED J.             S2C      961-03-92  USNR
  • ENSLEY, JOHR R.               PhM3c  619-24-45  USNR
  • FERRALL, JAMES W.          F1c         677-20-69  USNR
  • FLETCHER, ARTHUR L.     EM1c     668-15-91  USNR
  • GEDMAN, STANLEY          CTM      212-43-28  USN
  • GRAY, ROBERT A.               S1c        945-35-74  USNR
  • GUNTHER, WILBERT M.    LTjg      328619         USNR
  • HARRIS, CHARLES F.          EM2c   669-34-84  USNR
  • HORIST, JOSEPH A.            FC3c    853-48-42  USNR
  • HAWES, DONALD M.        SoM3c  924-06-59  USNR
  • HUGHS, CHARLES E.        F1c(EM)  849-38-08  USNR
  • JONES, WILLIAM F.            TM2c      650-46-54  USNR
  • KEANE, CLAIR V.                 S2c        973-08-91     USNR 
  • KINKAID, JOHN F.               LT(MD)  140233           USN  
  • KING, ALFRED O.                S1c          756-05-33    USN 
  • KRAMER, JOHN A.               BM1c      368-47-07    USN
  • LISTON, JOHN W.                S1c          393-76-66    USN
  • MARMON, CHESTER G.     S1c           961-14-31      USNR
  • MERRIMAN, CHESTER L.   F1c           888-30-56  USNR
  • MOHR, JOHN R.                   FC(R)3c   815-24-96    USNR
  • MOORE, HOWARD J.         S1c            860-76-67   USNR
  • MURPHY, RAYMOND J.     S2c            961-19-26     USNR
  • NAVA, JUAN L.                     S2c            624-17-20    USNR
  • PITTS, ELVIN E.                   Cox.           658-09-60  USNR
  • POTTER, PAUL L.               S2c             973-08-31    USNR
  • ROACH, BILLY JOE            FC1C           356-75-70    USN
  • ROHLFER, KERMIT G.      FC2c           613-17-84      USNR   
  • SCHULMAN, LESTER M. MM3c         814-90-18    USNR 
  • THOMPSON, ERNEST R. S2c             861-92-13     USNR
  • WALLACE,WALTER           St2c            637-25-28    USNR
  • WATT, SAMUEL V.             Y1c              648-22-20    USNR
  • WILBANKS, DWIGHT H.  F1c               973-15-36     USNR
  • WILLIS, EVERILLE H.        BM1c           201-24-93     USN
  • WOLF, PAUL J.                    S2c             961-04-04    USNR
  • WOOTEN, FRED J.             S1c              680-49-21    USNR
  • WYATT, CHESTER L.          S2c             883-89-40  USNR
  • YOUNG, WILLIAM L.         S1c              893-40-06   USNR


SUNSET AND EVENING STAR, AND ONE CLEAR CALL FOR

MAY THERE BE NO MOANING OF THE BAR,

WHEN I PUT OUT TO SEA


Memorial Poem

The U.S.S. Zellars moving along its way

Brought pride , respect and freedom to the U.S.A.


On April 12, 1945

Three Kamikazes Jills did arrive

Two were gunned down as they flew that day,

The third caused the Zellars to falter and sway.


The torpedo carried on that plane

Caused masses of shrapnel to fall like rain.

As the shrapnel continued to fill the air

Smoke and confusion abounded everywhere.


Leaving some of our shipmates wounded or dead,

Brought within our heart moments of dread

The dead and wounded included those

officers and enlisted men God chose.


Constant firing continued to be

As smoke and fire engulfed the sea,

Loss of power. no water to fight

Left the U.S.S. Zellars in a battle plight.


Though many tears were shed that day

We must remember those lost on the way

We salute and praise that determined crew,

Our proud heroes of the red, white and blue.


Evening found the Zellars listing to port

To receive patch jobs of many sorts

She returned to the States

To be repaired like new

Then returned to the wavy sea of blue.


Oh, that we may always see

The freedom of America for you and me

We must continue to defend our land

Where everyone must take a stand

To guard our country and keep it strong

From those that choose to do it wrong.


L.D. (Bud) Franklin

September 26, 2004