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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 descending Service Branch
Sea 2c Edward Conlan USN
GM 2c Edward Conrad USN
Sea 1c Richard Craig USN
CGM Arlan Cunefare USN
Sea 2c Herbert Davies USN
QM 3c Benjamin Davis USN
SC 3c Clyde Dawson USN
F 2c Alfonso Delbarrio USN
Sea 1c Joseph Depa USN
Sea 1c Herbert Drickler USN
StM 1c Claud Dunn USN
Sea 2c Walter Durando USN
Ens James Edgar USN
RM 3c Thomas Egan USN
StM 1c William Elder USN
Sea 1c Alvin Engle USN
Lt Jodeph Federowicz USN
Sea 2c Eldren Floyd USN
FC 3c Opal Franklin USN
Sea 2c Paul Frigault USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships