USS Long (DD-209) shown here tied up to the USS Dixie (AD-14) in 1940. Converted to a high speed minesweeper, the Long (DMS-12) was sunk on January 6, 1945, by a kamikaze in Lingayen Gulf.
On January 6, she was attacked by two A6M2 “Zero” fighters. Though both aerocraft were perforated by Long’s gunners, they failed to stop one determined pilot from slamming his aerocraft into her bow. Several large fires broke out, which were followed by several ammunition detonations. This prompted Long’s captain to order all forward spaces abandoned, but most sailors mistook it as an order to abandon ship – leaving Long afire and adrift. After all survivors were picked up, Long’s captain mustered a salvage party to reboard her, but a new wave of aerocraft were soon overhead. The defenseless and smoking Long was quickly targeted, and a second kamikaze struck Long’s empty bridge at 1600. The second aerocraft, and its bomb, was too much for Long’s heat-weakened hull. She finally gave out and sank on the early morning of January 7, 1945.
Though nobody was killed aboard her, 24 sailors were lost when her sister ship Hovey was sunk on the same date.