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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
RM 2c John Kane USN
Lt(jg) Victor Juric USN
FC 2c Murry Johnson USN
Y 3c Perry Johnson USN
Sea 1c Everett Jackson USN
Std 2c Herman Jackson USN
Lt Albert Hughes USN
GM 3c Frank Hudak USN
RM 3c Raymond Hoeffken USN
Lt(jg) Keith Hitchcock USN
F 1c Eugene Hinton USN
StM 1c Howard Henderson USN
RDM 3c William Heenan USN
Lt sc Burton Harris USN
RDM 2c Everett Harden USN
RM 2c Samuel Grimone USN
Sea 1c Vincent Grella USN
Ens Robert Green USN
Cox Westley Grabau USN
Sea 2c Louis Gerstmar USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships