April 6 marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese kamikaze attack on the Emmons that resulted in her sinking the following day. As the date approaches, Kurt REESE, Chuck DeCESARI and others are gearing up for their memorial dive, honoring the sixty shipmates who made the ultimate sacrifice that day.
Held annually on or about the date of the attack, this year’s preparation includes replacing the original memorial plaque with an exact replica. The original was mounted on the ship’s hull in 2003 honoring the lost shipmates. It will be restored and given its own safe place of honor on display at the USS Emmons Training Center at Camp Shields, Okinawa. The replacement will be placed on the ship to continue honoring the lost shipmates and providing all those who dive on the Emmons perspective as to the sacrifices made.
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