Porter was transferred to the Pacific after the incident with Iowa.
In late September, 1944, Porter was ordered to the western Pacific, where it escorted ships and provided shore bombardment for American troops during the liberation of Luzon in the Philippines.
The destroyer even managed to shoot down four Japanese aircraft and sink a few enemy barges.
On March 24, 1945, Porter joined the naval force for the Battle of Okinawa, where it conducted shore bombardment, anti-submarine patrols, escorted minesweepers and provided anti-aircraft support for the task force.
It also downed another five enemy planes.
Then Porter’s history of horrors continued.
First it accidentally raked the destroyer USS Luce with gunfire during an air attack and then on June 10, when a Japanese dive bomber launched a kamikaze attack on Porter as it operated off Okinawa.
Porter managed to dodge the bomber, which crashed into the water some distance to starboard.
Soon after, however, the warship changed course and ran straight over the semi-submerged kamikaze, setting off its massive load of explosives.
The blast momentarily lifted Porter out of the water and the Willie Dee slowly but surely disappeared under the waves to greet Poseidon, God of the sea.
In its final moments, it did have some luck though, as not a single crew member was killed or seriously injured in the attack.
All of them were evacuated before the hapless destroyer slipped beneath the waves, ending the career of the unluckiest, and seldom mentioned, ship in US Navy history.