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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
Std 2c Herman Jackson USN
FC 2c Murry Johnson USN
Y 3c Perry Johnson USN
Lt(jg) Victor Juric USN
RM 2c John Kane USN
CY Robert Kessler USN
SOM 2c Hylan Kirkland USN
F 1c Frederick Krause USN
RDM 3c Duane Kribs USN
Sea 1c Rosario Licata USN
Sea 2c Joseph Lutch USN
Sea 1c James Mahoney USN
F 1c Charles Manion USN
M 1c Louis Mansa USN
Lt Charles Mcbee USN
GM 2c Charles Mchenry USN
RM 3c George Minni USN
MM 3c John Mironuk USN
Sea 2c John Moell USN
GM 3c Edward Mootz USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships