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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
MM 2c Alfred Buss USN
StM 1c Albert Strozier USN
Bkr 2c Fredrick Powell USN
F 1c Isadore Oler USN
Sea 1c Rosario Licata USN
Sea 2c Paul Frigault USN
Lt sc Burton Harris USN
Sea 1c Henry Caplette USN
Lt George Stransky USN
CWT Henry Payne USN
Sea 1c Eugene Olko USN
M 1c Louis Mansa USN
Sea 2c Eldren Floyd USN
RDM 2c Everett Harden USN
QM 3c Burdett Carpenter USN
Sea 2c Charles Rule USN
CTM Elby Paysinger USN
SC 1c Peter Ohara USN
F 1c Charles Manion USN
Sea 2c Herbert Davies USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships