USS Drexler (DD-741) departed Ulithi 27 March 1945 bound for Okinawa and dangerous duty on a radar picket station. On 28 May at , two kamikazes attacked Drexler and Lowry. The first was downed by the combined fire of the two destroyers and planes from the combat air patrol. The second tried to crash onto Lowry but missed, hitting Drexler instead and cutting off all power and starting large gasoline fires. Despite the heavy damage, she kept firing, aiding in shooting down two planes which attacked immediately after the crash. At she was hit by another aircraft, a twin-engined "Frances" P1Y1 bomber, and the "impact rolled her on to her beam ends, causing her to sink in less than 50 seconds". Because of the speed with which she sank, casualties were heavy: 158 dead and 52 wounded.
F1c Bridges was among the men listed as missing and action and later declared dead.