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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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 ascending
Sea 1c William Prantl USN
Sea 1c Vernon Moltz USN
Sea 1c Warren Karp USN
RM 2c Israel Feinstein USN
Lt(jg) Donald White USN
Sea 2c Hubert Bradley USN
WT 3c Joseph Chezick USN
MOMM 1c Theodore Tacke USN
FC 2c Donald Smart USN
Sea 2c Lewis Powell USN
F 1c Ernest Montgomery USN
RT 2c Robert Kaen USN
Sea 1c Miller Farley USN
Sea 1c Leonard Washburn USN
Sea 2c Raymond Bridges USN
RDM 3c Johnnie Christopher USN
RM 3c Jacob Travis USN
Cox Henry Soeby USN
F 2c James Poupard USN
WT 3c Frederick Morehardt USN