On November 29, 1944, at 1750, the USS Aulick was attacked by six Japanese kamikaze planes in Leyte Gulf, Philippines. One of the planes struck the starboard side of the bridge with its wingtip, continued forward and downward, and exploded near the bow just above the main deck. The explosion set the number 2 gun and handling room on fire. Metal fragments killed several men on the bridge and flying bridge. During the action, thirty one crew members were killed, 64 were wounded, and 1 was missing.