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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 ascending Service Branch
Sea 1c John Ocallaghan USN
Sea 1c Andy Naymick USN
SOM 3c Edward Murphy USN
BM 2c Edward Murachanian USN
Ens Eugene Mullen USN
GM 3c Edward Mootz USN
Sea 2c John Moell USN
MM 3c John Mironuk USN
RM 3c George Minni USN
GM 2c Charles Mchenry USN
Lt Charles Mcbee USN
M 1c Louis Mansa USN
F 1c Charles Manion USN
Sea 1c James Mahoney USN
Sea 2c Joseph Lutch USN
Sea 1c Rosario Licata USN
RDM 3c Duane Kribs USN
F 1c Frederick Krause USN
SOM 2c Hylan Kirkland USN
CY Robert Kessler USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships