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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 2c Homer Dix USCG
F 1c Harold Distel USCG
Sea 1c Lee Diehl USCG
StM 1c George Dickerson USCG
Sea 1c Marvin Derouen USCG
Sea 2c Robert Degreve USCG
Sea 1c Samuel Degaetano USCG
Sea 2c Henry Deermer USCG
RM 3c John Dedmon USCG
Sea 1c Howard Day USCG
Sea 2c Clarence Day USCG
Ens Max Davis USCG
Sea 1c John Dancisak USCG
Sea 1c John Daly USCG
F 1c Albert Curtis USCG
MM 2c Arden Cummings USCG
Sea 1c Ranard Crowe USCG
Sea 1c Lovell Crook USCG
Sea 2c Lawrence Creech USCG
Sea 1c Charles Craft USCG


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