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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
QM 3c Raymond Hubacher USCG
WT 3c John Mccaw USCG
CPhM Washington Stillman USCG
Sea 1c Orville Reuter USCG
Sea 2c Charles Carr USCG
Sea 1c Ira Fletcher USCG
Sea 1c Robert Hoyt USCG
StM 2c Madge Miller USCG
SM 2c Kinchion West USCG
CM 3c Philip Cervantez USCG
Sea 2c Anthony Cambria USCG
StM 1c George Dickerson USCG
Y 3c Daniel Grant USCG
Sea 2c Colon Hutchinson USCG
MM 3c William Mccullough USCG
Y 1c Robert Thomas USCG
Sea 1c Robert Sneddon USCG
Sea 1c Peter Cassaris USCG
Sea 1c Jay French USCG
Sea 1c Otis Hull USCG


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