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Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 10 x 40mm, 7 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Allis Chalmers Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Charleston Navy Yard. January 20 1943.
Launched April 7 1943 and commissioned November 4 1943.
Fate Sunk by Japanese Aircraft off Okinawa June 16 1945.
126 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Twiggs 225kLevi Twiggs was born in Richmond County, Ga., on 23 May 1793 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps on 10 November 1813. During the War of 1812, he saw action on board President and was captured when that frigate was taken, after a gallant defense, by a squadron of four British warships. After being imprisoned at Bermuda, he was freed when word of the Treaty of Ghent reached that island. Over two decades later, he took part in the Indian Wars in Florida and Georgia in 1836 and 1837. When the war with Mexico opened, Major Twiggs requested an active part in the fighting and was attached to the Marine Battalion which left New York in June 1847. He was felled by enemy fire as he led a storming party in the assault on Chapultepec before Mexico City on 13 September 1847. Digital ID: cph 3g06207, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Robert M. Cieri
Twiggs 82kArtist's conception of the Twiggs as she appeared after original construction by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Twiggs 38kUndated, location unknown. BuShips BS # 58063 (19-LCM-DD-591-58063).-
Twiggs 152kUS Navy Yard, SC. April 7, 1943. Colonel Paul A. Capron, USMC, commanding officer, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, SC, speaking on the life of Major Leir Twiggs at launching of USS Twiggs and USS Paul Hamilton.Mike Mohl
Twiggs 205kUS Navy Yard, SC. January 20, 1943. USS Paul Hamilton (DD590) and USS Twiggs (DD591). The keel was officially laid by stricking three arcs simutaneously on the keel of each vessel by the wives of Junior Officers assisted by thier husbands. View showing the combined group of both vessesls.Mike Mohl
Twiggs 222kUS Navy Yard, SC, January 20, 1943. USS Paul Hamilton (DD 589) & USS Twiggs (DD 591) Keel Laying Ceremonies. The keel was officially laid by striking three arcs simutaneously on the keel of each vessel by the wives of Junior Officers assited by thier husbands. DD591 striking the arc and officially laying the keel. Left to right: front row: Mrs.R. G. Odiorne, Mrs. A. A. Rimmer,Mrs. J. W. Clayton, Mrs. T. H. Dwyer.Mike Mohl
Twiggs 99kTwiggs in the ways, prior to launching, taken in early 1943, at the Navy Yard, Charleston, SC. -
Twiggs 131kPhoto #: 80-G-K-13833: USS Paul Hamilton (DD-590) and USS Twiggs (DD-591) ready for launching at the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, 7 April 1943. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Scott Dyben
Twiggs 84kCharleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, in stream after launching April 7 1943. (19-LCM-DD-591-126957)-
Twiggs 152kTwiggs is passing under the Cooper River Bridge, Charleston, S. C. in early 1944. (19-LCM-DD591-58066).-
Twiggs 124kTwiggs is passing under the Cooper River Bridge, Charleston, S. C. in early 1944. (19-LCM-DD-591-58062).-
Twiggs 212kCharleston, South Carolina, January 19, 1944. (File 1-19-44-12). (19-LCM-DD-591-58060)Gerd Matthes
Twiggs 174kCharleston, South Carolina, January 19, 1944. (File 1-19-44-17) (19-LCM-DD-591-58065).-
Twiggs 122kCharleston, South Carolina, January 19, 1944. (File 1-19-44-18). (19-LCM-DD-591-58064)-
Twiggs 119kLieutenant Abe Forsythe, Jr. (far left in the bottom row) pictured with officers of USS Twiggs (DD 591). Forsythe, a pilot with VC-76 off USS Petrof Bay (CVE 80) was picked up by Twiggs after ditching his FM Wildcat during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944. Photo courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum. Front row (left to right): Abe Forsythe; Lt. (jg) Thomas Sharar, Asst. Engineer (KIA); Lt. Thomas Shields, Engineer (Transferred). Back row (left to right): Lt. James Black, Gunnery (WIA); Lt. John Abbot, Navigator/Torpedo (KIA); Lt. Edwin "Ned" Burke, Executive (WIA); Lt. Joseph Federowicz, Ship Physician (KIA).Bill Gonyo
Twiggs 145kLieutenant Abe Forsythe, Jr., pictured on the deck of USS Twiggs (DD 591). Forsythe, a pilot with VC-76 off USS Petrof Bay (CVE 80) was picked up by Twiggs after ditching his FM Wildcat during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Photo courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum.Bill Gonyo
Twiggs 185kUSS Twiggs (DD-591), December 7 1944. photographed by Naval Air Station Weeksville. Position: 3654', 7513'; Course: 265; Time: 1414; Altitude: 300'; Camera: K-20; F.L. 4.5"; Shutter speed: f/250. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-215535.Mike Green
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USS Twiggs (DD591), October 1 1944 cover sheet of the Crossing the Line Program. This ceremony took place while Twiggs was enroute to Manus, Admiralty Islands with Task Group 33.2. The artwork was done by Billy Cooksey, Water Tender Third Class. The second image is of the initiation ceremony in progress, As pictured left to right are the following Shellbacks: The Royal Baby, Chief Radioman Warner Chaney (KIA); King Neptune, Chief Commissary Steward, Axel Thorell (Transferred); Royal Queen, Lt. George Stransky, Damage Control Officer(KIA). The third picture is also of the Shellbacks initiating the Pollywogs.
Twiggs 62kUSS Haraden (DD-585) after being hit by a Kamikaze in the Sulu Sea on 13 December 1944, while enroute to the Mindoro invasion. USS Twiggs (DD-591) is alongside rendering assistance. Photographed from USS Kadashan Bay (CVE-76). Haraden is painted in Camouflage Measure 31, Design 3D (for drawings of this design, see Photo #s 80-G-158591 and 80-G-158592). Twiggs is wearing Camouflage Measure 32, Design 6D (see Photo #s 80-G-162024 and 80-G-162025). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-273000.Robert Hurst
Twiggs 126k23 February 1945, NARA 80-G 311490. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 31, Design 6d.Rob Rielly
Twiggs 133kUSS Twiggs off Iwo Jima (Mt. Suribachi), on February 17,1945, as seen from the LCI 474.-


Jeanie, the mascot of the USS Twiggs (DD591). Jeanie had five male puppies, during the Leyte invasion. A photograph of the puppies is attached. When Twiggs was lost on June 16, 1945, Jeanie went down with the ship. Unfortunately, the fate of the five puppies is uncertain.-
Twiggs 129kShip's patch.Don McGrogan

USS TWIGGS DD-591 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John Benjamin Fellows Jr.    Nov 4 1943 - Apr 6 1944 (Later RADM)
CDR George Philip Jr.    Apr 6 1944 - Jun 16 1945

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