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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 2c Charles Gaul USN
CQM Howard Anderson USN
FC 1c John Cochrane USN
SSM 3c John Schiller USN
Sea 1c Angel Peters USN
RM 2c John Kane USN
GM 2c Charles Mchenry USN
Sea 1c Joseph Depa USN
Sea 2c Louis Gerstmar USN
CBM Ernest Barton USN
Sea 2c Edward Conlan USN
Lt(jg) George Seltzer USN
SK 2c Mark Petersen USN
Lt(jg) Victor Juric USN
GM 3c Edward Mootz USN
Ens James Edgar USN
SK 3c Gregory George USN
MM 3c Peter Bender USN
GM 2c Edward Conrad USN
Sea 2c James Shallcross USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships