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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 ascending Service Branch
Sea 1c Robert Sneddon USCG
WT 3c Robert Smith USCG
Ens Jacob Shogren USCG
Cox William Seleman USCG
Sea 1c James Selaya USCG
Sea 1c Charles Schrader USCG
F 1c John Schmook USCG
Cox Lewis Sarkisoff USCG
Sea 1c Alfonso Sandoval USCG
MM 3c Roy Sampay USCG
CMM Eugene Ruggiero USCG
CMM Paul Rudy USCG
RM 3c Fred Royer USCG
MOMM 1c Hugo Riccardi USCG
Sea 1c Orville Reuter USCG
StM 3c Frederick Qualmann USCG
Lt(jg) Warren Prance USCG
WT 3c Lincoln Peterson USCG
SM 3c William Pazurek USCG
F 1c Charles Payne USCG


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