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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
CQM John Mccreary USN
SM 1c Ernest Messier USN
Lt Frank Metzgar USN
MM 2c Stephen Mezynski USN
MM 2c Mason Mitzel USN
FC 2c Robert Mohler USN
Sea 1c Edmund Molloy USN
Sea 1c Vernon Moltz USN
F 1c Ernest Montgomery USN
WT 3c Frederick Morehardt USN
F 1c Earl Moriarty USN
GM 2c George Nelson USN
F 2c Joseph Opeldopel USN
Lt(jg) John Parle USN
SOM 3c Ernest Phillips USN
F 2c Russell Poppy USN
F 1c John Poremba USN
Sea 1c Cary Post USN
F 2c Acie Potter USN
Sea 1c Jasper Potts USN


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