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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 descending
Lt Jodeph Federowicz USN
Lt(jg) Keith Hitchcock USN
Lt(jg) Robert Wiltgen USN
Lt(jg) Robert Buckley USN
CMM Perry Southern USN
Sea 1c Peter Profis USN
F 1c George Olsen USN
SOM 2c Hylan Kirkland USN
FC 3c Opal Franklin USN
F 1c Eugene Hinton USN
MM 2c Jerrel Womack USN
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


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships