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Okinawa On April 6th 1945 during the battle of Okinawa two merchant ships the SS Hobbs Victory and the SS Logans Victory were sunk while delivering much needed ammunition to the ground troops on the island of Okinawa The Battle of Okinawa had begun only six days earlier and was to be a monumental victory for the allied forces Edward Laughton my great uncle was 2nd mate on the Hobbs Victory this put him 3rd in command on the large vessel which was carrying 6000 tons of ammunition This single day had a great impact on Edwardss life and on the battle of Okinawa On the quiet Easter morning the SS Hobbs Victory had almost completed its journey to the island of Okinawa accompanied by another merchant ship the SS Logans Victory and a heavy cruiser the US Indianapolis At about six am they had dropped anchor at the Terma Rettos a small chain of islands just south of Okinawa After only two hours the US Indianapolis was bombarded with four kamikaze attacks Although the cruiser was able to shoot down three of the four suicide planes one got through and severely damage but did not sink the US Indianapolis The three ships were immediately ordered to move to a new anchorage two miles west of the Terma Rettos where they would have more protection from kamikaze planes At ten am only an hour after anchoring another kamikaze plane proceeded at the vessels and managed to hit the SS Logans Victory taking with it 6000 tons of much needed ammunition The only undamaged ship at their location was the SS Hobbs Victory which was now extremely vulnerable to Japanese attack Since the SS Hobbs Victory was now the only ship carrying vital ammunition it was on high alert for Japanese planes At one pm the accompanying cruiser again spotted another kamikaze plane this one heading directly for the sole remaining merchant ship The cruisers
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