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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
CPC John Goral USCG
PhM 3c Charles Graeber USCG
SC 3c Warren Granger USCG
Y 3c Daniel Grant USCG
Sea 1c Jean Gray USCG
Sea 1c Freeman Gregory USCG
Sea 1c Frank Gretz USCG
Sea 1c Lorren Grisamore USCG
Sea 1c Stanley Grisbaum USCG
RT 3c Boyce Guthridge USCG
WT 2c Elmer Hagemeier USCG
PhoM 3c Arthur Hagendorn USCG
RDM 3c Raymond Hamilton USCG
BM 2c John Hampton USCG
F 1c William Harlow USCG
F 2c Kenneth Harmon USCG
Sea 2c Donald Hart USCG
F 1c James Hartleib USCG
MM 3c William Hartzler USCG
Sea 1c Melvin Haskell USCG


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