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Serpens

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
Sea 1c James Miron USCG
Sea 2c Alton White USCG
Sea 2c Leslie Chambers USCG
Sea 2c Raymond Callahan USCG
CM 3c Edward Donato USCG
Sea 1c Stanley Grisbaum USCG
Sea 1c Norbert Krueger USCG
SK 3c Harold Mcdaniel USCG
MOMM 1c Hubert Turner USCG
RM 3c Myron Strickland USCG
Sea 1c Joseph Cope USCG
Sea 1c Ralph Fritz USCG
Sea 2c Paul Jaissle USCG
Sea 1c William Nivin USCG
SC 1c Charles Wood USCG
Sea 2c Lawrence Creech USCG
Sea 2c Gilbert Camarlinghi USCG
Sea 1c Donald Donovan USCG
RT 3c Boyce Guthridge USCG
Sea 2c Milton Keller USCG

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