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Serpens

Ship Designation: 
AK-97
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

Name Service Branchsort descending
MOMM 3c Melvin Kolar USCG
Lt(jg) Warren Prance USCG
Sea 1c Woodrow Wetts USCG
MM 1c Edward Baker USCG
F 1c Albert Curtis USCG
SC 3c Warren Granger USCG
StM 1c Charlie Kyle USCG
CMM Eugene Ruggiero USCG
Sea 2c Emelio Gonzales USCG
S 1c Frank Cianco USCG
Sea 1c John Fidurski USCG
F 1c William Harlow USCG
Sea 1c Stanley Kusek USCG
StM 3c Frederick Qualmann USCG
Sea 1c Lorren Grisamore USCG
Sea 1c Jacob Barer USCG
Sea 1c John Dancisak USCG
Sea 1c Jean Gray USCG
Sea 1c Walter Lambert USCG
MM 3c Roy Sampay USCG

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