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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 descending
Ens Vernon Dorsey USN
Sea 1c Robert Gates USN
Sea 1c Frederick Boltz USN
Sea 1c Philip Caron USN
FC 3c William Currie USN
MOMM 3c James Sherry USN
Sea 2c Irvin Pratto USN
SM 1c Ernest Messier USN
RM 3c Robert Houser USN
Std 3c Willie Donan USN
LCdr Edward Grace USN
MM 2c Olin Boney USN
Lt(jg) Howard Carter USN
Sea 1c Charles Staton USN
Sea 1c Richard Silcock USN
Sea 2c George Pratt USN
Lt Frank Metzgar USN
Sea 2c Jack Hughes USN
QM 3c Mario Fini USN
Lt(jg) Robert Grant USN