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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, June 16, 1945
Torpedoed off Senaga Shima
On 16 June, Twiggs was on radar picket duty off Senaga Shima in the western fire support area. At 2030, a single, low-flying plane dropped a torpedo which hit Twiggs on her port side, exploding her number 2 magazine. The plane then circled and completed its kamikaze mission in a suicide crash. The explosion enveloped the destroyer in flame - and, within an hour, she sank. Despite the hazard of exploding ammunition from the blazing Twiggs, 188 survivors were rescued from the oily waters. Among the 162 dead and missing was her commanding officer, Comdr. George Phillip.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 125

Namesort descending Service Branch
SM 3c Ray Price USN
Sea 1c Peter Profis USN
Sea 1c Edward Rakowski USN
MOMM 3c Zane Rankin USN
SSML 3c Joseph Robinson USN
Sea 2c Charles Rule USN
Sea 2c Ralph Russler USN
SSM 3c John Schiller USN
Sea 1c Louis Schlobohm USN
Lt(jg) George Seltzer USN
Sea 2c James Shallcross USN
Lt(jg) Thomas Sharar USN
Sea 1c Russell Smith USN
Sea 1c Donald Smith USN
CMM Perry Southern USN
Lt George Stransky USN
StM 1c Albert Strozier USN
Sea 2c Benjamin Swenson USN
Sea 2c Robert Swenson USN
Sea 2c Elmo Tacquard USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships