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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 William Cowhey USCG
Sea 1c James Cote USCG
Sea 1c Joseph Cope USCG
S 1c Frank Cianco USCG
Sea 2c Leslie Chambers USCG
MM 2c James Chadwick USCG
CM 3c Philip Cervantez USCG
Sea 2c Pete Catgenova USCG
Sea 1c Peter Cassaris USCG
Sea 2c Charles Carr USCG
Sea 1c Louis Carey USCG
Sea 2c Michael Cammarata USCG
Sea 2c Anthony Cambria USCG
Sea 2c Gilbert Camarlinghi USCG
Sea 2c Raymond Callahan USCG
F 1c Junior Butler USCG
Sea 2c Keith Burns USCG
Sea 2c Leo Burke USCG
QM 3c James Broshear USCG
Std 2c Chester Brooks USCG


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