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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
MOMM 2c Vernard Jacobs USCG
Sea 2c Colon Hutchinson USCG
Sea 1c Otis Hull USCG
QM 3c Raymond Hubacher USCG
Sea 1c Robert Hoyt USCG
Sea 2c Bernard Houchen USCG
Sea 1c Robert Hodge USCG
GM 3c Henry Hinson USCG
Sea 1c Thomas Higgins USCG
StM 3c Marcus Hickman USCG
F 1c Robert Herrington USCG
SC 2c George Henshaw USCG
F 2c Felix Henigan USCG
MOMM 2c Leslie Helsem USCG
Sea 2c Perry Headrick USCG
Sea 1c Melvin Haskell USCG
MM 3c William Hartzler USCG
F 1c James Hartleib USCG
Sea 2c Donald Hart USCG
F 2c Kenneth Harmon USCG


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