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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
Sea 1c Everett Jackson USN
MM 3c John Mironuk USN
Sea 1c Herbert Drickler USN
Ens Robert Green USN
Sea 1c Jack Borelli USN
Sea 2c Benjamin Swenson USN
Sea 1c Russell Smith USN
Ens Eugene Mullen USN
Std 2c Herman Jackson USN
Sea 1c Alvin Engle USN
StM 1c Howard Henderson USN
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


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships