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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Cox Westley Grabau USN
RM 3c Joseph Brandt USN
Sea 2c Robert Swenson USN
Sea 1c Edward Rakowski USN
BM 2c Edward Murachanian USN
F 1c Frederick Krause USN
StM 1c William Elder USN
RDM 3c William Heenan USN
CBM Herbert Wilson USN
Lt(jg) Arthur Breaux USN
Sea 2c Elmo Tacquard USN
MOMM 3c Zane Rankin USN
Sea 1c Manuel Ortiz USN
RDM 3c Duane Kribs USN
RM 3c Thomas Egan USN
RM 3c Raymond Hoeffken USN
Ck 1c Kenneth Wilson USN
Sea 1c John Browncheck USN
CWT Wilford Tanner USN
SM 3c Ray Price USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships