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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, January 29, 1945
Explosion at Laguna Beach
Anchored off Lunga Beach in the Solomons and loading depth charges in her holds, Serpens suddenly exploded in the process. 198 members of the ship's crew perished in the accident along with 57 Army stevedores who were assisting in the loading process. There were 2 survivors from the explosion along with a shore party of 8 who were ashore at the time of the accident. ... No cause for the explosion which destroyed Serpens has ever been determined

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 195

Namesort descending Service Branch
EM 2c Edwin Ables USCG
Lt John Aiken USCG
PhM 2c Roy Anderson USCG
Cox Edwin Antkowiak USCG
WT 1c Harry Aro USCG
AS Clifford Ashby USCG
Lt(jg) George Auble USCG
GM 3c Woodward Babcock USCG
MM 1c Edward Baker USCG
Sea 1c Jacob Barer USCG
Sea 1c Charles Barnhouse USCG
Sea 2c Joseph Bielinski USCG
SK 1c Billy Boyd USCG
Sea 2c Lester Brandlen USCG
F 2c Gerald Breen USCG
Std 2c Chester Brooks USCG
QM 3c James Broshear USCG
Sea 2c Leo Burke USCG
Sea 2c Keith Burns USCG
F 1c Junior Butler USCG


Prepared by CAPT R. O. Strange USN (Ret.)