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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
Ens Eugene Mullen USN
BM 2c Edward Murachanian USN
SOM 3c Edward Murphy USN
Sea 1c Andy Naymick USN
Sea 1c John Ocallaghan USN
SC 1c Peter Ohara USN
F 1c Isadore Oler USN
Sea 1c Eugene Olko USN
F 1c George Olsen USN
Sea 1c Manuel Ortiz USN
SC 3c Raymond Painter USN
CWT Henry Payne USN
CTM Elby Paysinger USN
Sea 2c Thomas Peeples USN
Sea 1c Angel Peters USN
SK 2c Mark Petersen USN
F 1c Curtiss Peterson USN
CDR George Philip USN
FC 3c John Pierce USN
Bkr 2c Fredrick Powell USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships