“The history of the United States Navy records no more glorious two hours of resolution, sacrifice, and success.”
— Admiral Nimitz, commenting on the Battle off Samar, October 25, 1944.
On the morning of October 25, 1944, after providing air cover for the Army during the invasion of the Philippines at Leyte, the USS St. Lo was attacked by a Japanese kamikaze bomber near the island of Samar. This set off a series of explosions that resulted in the sinking of the carrier and the loss of 114 crew members. The St. Lo was the first warship to be sunk by a kamikaze.