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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 ascending
RM 2c Samuel Grimone USN
Sea 1c Lionel Benoit USN
Sea 1c Richard Craig USN
Lt(jg) Thomas Sharar USN
Sea 1c Andy Naymick USN
Lt Albert Hughes USN
RM 3c George Minni USN
StM 1c Claud Dunn USN
Sea 1c Vincent Grella USN
CSM Gordon Bettis USN
CGM Arlan Cunefare USN
Sea 1c Donald Smith USN
SOM 3c Edward Murphy USN
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


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships