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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 2c Herbert Davies USN
CGM Arlan Cunefare USN
Sea 1c Richard Craig USN
GM 2c Edward Conrad USN
Sea 2c Edward Conlan USN
Sea 1c George Cochrane USN
FC 1c John Cochrane USN
CRM Warner Chaney USN
RT 3c Herbert Carter USN
QM 3c Burdett Carpenter USN
Sea 1c Henry Caplette USN
MM 2c Alfred Buss USN
Lt(jg) Robert Buckley USN
Sea 1c John Browncheck USN
Lt(jg) Arthur Breaux USN
RM 3c Joseph Brandt USN
Sea 1c Jack Borelli USN
CSM Gordon Bettis USN
Sea 1c Lionel Benoit USN
MM 3c Peter Bender USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships