Rodman Wilson - World War II Veteran
Sep 23, 2014 06:18PM ● Published by Ryan Frisch
The SS John Burke on December 28, 1944, when a kamikaze plane disintegrated the ship; 71 crew members were lost when the munitions it was carrying detonated.
The SS Lewis Dyche on January 4, 1945, anchored in Magrin Bay, Mindoro, when a kamikaze plane flew in, exploding the cargo of ammunition; the ship and the 75- to 80-man crew were lost.
The Kyle V. Johnson on January 12, 1945, heading for Lingayan Gulf, Luzon, in a 100-ship convoy. Rodman saw the saw kamikaze plane come down and plow through the starboard side of the ship. Troops numbering 128 as well as ammo and fuel were lost.