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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 Ely Gamsu USCG
Cox Jime Gallo USCG
Sea 1c Ralph Fritz USCG
Sea 1c Jay French USCG
Sea 2c Roger Fregia USCG
CM 2c Warren Fox USCG
EM 3c Fieldon Forkner USCG
HA 1c Murray Flowers USCG
Sea 1c Ira Fletcher USCG
Sea 1c John Fidurski USCG
Cox Joseph Faust USCG
Sea 1c Sylvan Elsasser USCG
Cox Gustave Eckart USCG
MOMM 3c Robert Easterday USCG
Cox Edmund Durso USCG
Sea 1c William Dunn USCG
Sea 2c James Drago USCG
Sea 1c Donald Donovan USCG
CM 3c Edward Donato USCG
Sea 1c William Doherty USCG


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