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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
SK 3c Gregory George USN
Sea 2c Charles Gaul USN
Sea 2c Robert Gates USN
Sea 2c Frank Gagliardi USN
Sea 2c John Gabriel USN
Sea 2c Paul Frigault USN
FC 3c Opal Franklin USN
Sea 2c Eldren Floyd USN
Lt Jodeph Federowicz USN
Sea 1c Alvin Engle USN
StM 1c William Elder USN
RM 3c Thomas Egan USN
Ens James Edgar USN
Sea 2c Walter Durando USN
StM 1c Claud Dunn USN
Sea 1c Herbert Drickler USN
Sea 1c Joseph Depa USN
F 2c Alfonso Delbarrio USN
SC 3c Clyde Dawson USN
QM 3c Benjamin Davis USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships