World War II Tributes
The Bomb will never go off, and I speak as an expert in explosives. - Admiral William Daniel Leahy (advising President Truman on the U.S. atom bomb project, 1945)

Remember those who Sacrificed all!

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The Sacrificial Lambs Excerpt on the USS Little
While on RP10, which was 73.5 miles from point Zampa Masaki (due west) with Aaron Ward (DD773), USS LSM195, LCS14, 25 and 83, (pall bearers) the group came under heavy air attack.

Thanks to Little's crewman, Gunners Mate Second Class Frank Whall, we have the war diaries, and Frank's personal experience, as reference.

Little had been on station for four days, when the fateful events took place. At about 1415 enemy aircraft were observed in the vicinity and the ensuing action lasted into the darkness.

Four enemy raids were observed by CIC, all of which apparently took part in the attacks on our RP stations. Coordinated suicide tactics were utilized by attacking planes.

Fighter (CAP) consisted of four planes which were sent out to intercept. The Japanese planes slipped through cloud cover, as a result of inaccurate altitude information. Lookouts reported, "Six enemy planes came down through the same hole in the clouds our aircraft entered." The two destroyers were swarmed with Kamikazes!

Quoting from Commander Madison Hall Jr, Little's Captain's action reports and her ship's reunion paper: "At 1843 they struck at the picket destroyers. One in a vertical dive, one low on the sea, and one gliding in. That such coordination could be achieved is almost unbelievable, but such was the case.

"Little's gunners got two of them. But four others got Little. LIke a chain of thunderbolts they smashed into the destroyer, shattering her superstructure, crashing her hull and wrecked her vital machinery. It was all over between 1843 and 1845! The dead were vanishing in flood water and flame. The living were going overboard.

"The pall bearers closed in! At 1855 Little sank into an Okinawa grave. Down with her, she took 30 of her crew. Some 280 survivors, 52 of them wounded, were quickly picked up by the rescuers. Seldom had a ship been subjected to such punishment -- and seldom so many survivors lived to fight again!"

Gunner's Mate Frank Whall was on duty, standing by the two forward 40mm guns #42 and 42. Following is his direct quotation for our book: "Having been in the Pacific for four years and earned six battle stars before those Kamikaze attacks, I was so scared I couldn't speak. When one of our ammunition passers was standing, blank faced, and doing nothing, I had to kick him in the ass and point to the ammunition. No matter what you had seen or been through before, Kamikaze attacks were the ultimate terror!"

Source: Bill Sholin's "The Sacrificial Lams" (Who fought like Lions). This book is no longer being published, but copies of it are often available on for around $100 or more.