USS Halligan (DD-584) coonducted offshore patrols during the operations at Iwo Jima. On 26 March 1945 at about a tremendous explosion rocked the ship, sending smoke and debris 200 feet in the air. The destroyer had hit a moored mine head on, exploding the forward magazines and blowing off the forward section of the ship including the bridge, back to the forward stack. PC-1128 and USS LSM(R)-194 arrived soon after the explosion to aid survivors. Finally, the order was given to abandon ship as the smoking hulk drifted helplessly. The Halligan lost half of her crew of 300 in the disaster; and only 2 of her 21 officers survived.
FC3 Blocher was killed in action and buried at sea.
Service number: 6532709
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