Artwork > Nerves on Fire: Reflections on WWII

Loss of the U.S.S. Reed, 2011

Loss of the U.S.S. Reid
acrylic on panel
18" x 24"

The Reed was the destroyer on which my uncle served. This is his story. Near Surigao Straits 11 December 1944, REID destroyed seven Japanese planes, before she sank from repeated KAMIKAZE crashes. 103 shipmates went down with her. The survivors were strafed in the water by Japanese planes before rescue. Her 150 survivors were picked up by landing craft in her convey.This period in the war was the beginning of the Kamikaze attacks that increased as the war came closer to the Japanese homeland.