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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 descending Service Branch
F 1c Albert Curtis USCG
Sea 1c John Daly USCG
Sea 1c John Dancisak USCG
Ens Max Davis USCG
Sea 2c Clarence Day USCG
Sea 1c Howard Day USCG
RM 3c John Dedmon USCG
Sea 2c Henry Deermer USCG
Sea 1c Samuel Degaetano USCG
Sea 2c Robert Degreve USCG
Sea 1c Marvin Derouen USCG
StM 1c George Dickerson USCG
Sea 1c Lee Diehl USCG
F 1c Harold Distel USCG
Sea 2c Homer Dix USCG
Sea 1c William Doherty USCG
CM 3c Edward Donato USCG
Sea 1c Donald Donovan USCG
Sea 2c James Drago USCG
Sea 1c William Dunn USCG


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