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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, March 26, 1945
Mine Explosion near Okinawa
While operating as offshore patrol in support of the Okinawa campaign, Halligan had the misfortune of striking a moored mine which exploded her forward magazines, blowing off the forward section of the ship including the bridge. ... Losing 150 of her 300 man crew in the mishap, order was given to abandon ship. ... The hulk of Halligan remained afloat after being abandoned and drifted aground on a small island where it was battered by surf and Japanese shore batteries.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 140

Name Service Branchsort descending
FC 3c Andrew Blocher USN
SOM 3c William Campbell USN
RM 3c Thurston Cox USN
EM 2c Stanley Sheffer USN
EM 2c Peter Rakoci USN
TM 1c Kenneth Maurer USN
Lt Robert Hurlbut USN
Ens Edwin Early USN
SK 3c James Gill USN
MM 2c Virgil Boggs USN
Sea 1c Douglas Cargill USN
Sea 1c Mark Curran USN
Pay Clk Richard Shaver USN
GM 2c Joseph Rakovicky USN
CQM John Mccreary USN
RDM 2c Granville Jackson USN
Ens Vernon Dorsey USN
Sea 1c Robert Gates USN
Sea 1c Frederick Boltz USN
Sea 1c Philip Caron USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)