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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
Sur PHS Harry Levin USCG
MM 3c Russell Leverentz USCG
Sea 2c Nolan Lego USCG
Sea 1c Woodrow Lanham USCG
Sea 1c Walter Lambert USCG
Sea 1c James Laird USCG
StM 1c Charlie Kyle USCG
Sea 1c Stanley Kusek USCG
Sea 1c Vincent Kurdilla USCG
Sea 1c Norbert Krueger USCG
Lt William Kotkas USCG
MOMM 3c Melvin Kolar USCG
Sea 1c Richard Kirchner USCG
Sea 1c Ralph Kiley USCG
F 1c Arnold Kettunen USCG
Sea 2c Milton Keller USCG
SC 1c Frank Kadilak USCG
Sea 2c Norman Johnson USCG
Lt(jg) Robert Johnson USCG
Sea 2c Paul Jaissle USCG


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