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USS TWIGGS (DD-591)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NIKN

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
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.
193 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 94kUndated, location unknown.Gerd Matthes
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 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.Bill Gonyo
Twiggs 145kLieutenant Abe Forsythe, Jr., pictured on the deck of USS Twigg (DD 591). Forsythe, a pilot with VC-76 off USS Petrof Bay (CVE 80) was picked up by Twigg after ditching his FM Wildcat during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Photo courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum.Bill Gonyo
Twiggs 112kUSS Twiggs and USS Quapaw seen from USS Fremont in smokescreen activity, 24 Oct 1944 in the northern Leyte landing anchorage. Photo NA 80G319420.John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
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 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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