Some time into the Battle of Samar on October 25, 1944, a Japanese battleship fired two rounds from her main cannons. One round punched through the thin side armor of USS Johnston (DD-557) and cut a hole through the engine room. Her speed was cut in half. The enemy ships closed in for an easy kill, pouring fire into the crippled destroyer. Johnston took a hit that knocked out one forward gun and damaged another, and her bridge was rendered untenable by fires and explosions resulting from a hit in her 40 mm ready ammunition locker. Still the destroyer battled to keep the Japanese destroyers and cruisers from reaching the five surviving American carriers. By the Johnston was going dead in the water. Finally lone engine and fire room was knocked out and the ship lost all power. At the captain gave the order a captain can give the order to abadon ship. At Johnston rolled over and began to sink. A Japanese destroyer came up to 1,000 yards and pumped a final shot into her to make sure she went down.
From Johnston's complement of 327 officers and men, only 141 were saved. Of the 186 men lost, about 50 were killed by enemy action, 45 died later on rafts from wounds, and 92 men got off before she sank, but were never seen again.
MM2 Urbanski was among the men listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
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