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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
CMM George Orton USCG
Cox William Odonnell USCG
Sea 1c Douglas Oaklund USCG
Sea 1c William Nivin USCG
Sea 1c James Miron USCG
StM 2c Madge Miller USCG
MM 3c Alvis Menard USCG
RM 2c Lloyd Mclarty USCG
SK 3c Harold Mcguckin USCG
SK 3c Harold Mcdaniel USCG
MM 3c William Mccullough USCG
WT 3c John Mccaw USCG
MM 3c John Mccarter USCG
Cox Raymond Mazzanti USCG
Cox Albert Manke USCG
Sea 2c Samuel Maddox USCG
Cox Joseph Mackey USCG
MOMM 3c Charles Macfarland USCG
SK 3c Walter Limbacher USCG
SC 3c David Lewis USCG


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