Here is a late-war magazine article about the U.S. Navy destroyer NEWCOMBE (DD-586), a hard-charging ship that suffered heavy damage from repeated Kamikaze attacks off of Okinawa on April 6, 1945 (the Ryukyu Islands):
"Then the plane shot past them, ripped through the gun mount and shattered itself against the after-stack. There was a blinding flash. The NEWCOMBE shuddered and rolled heavily to starboard."
[For some unknown reason, the YANK writer erroneously credited NEWCOMBE as the first ship to be hit by Kamikaze pilots. More than likely, the first American vessels to earn this dubious distinction were those ships that fought at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October of 1944.]
Click here to read about the Battle of Leyte Gulf - the last major naval campaign of the war.
Click here to read an interview with a Kamikaze pilot.