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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
Sea 1c William Dunn USCG
SC 2c George Henshaw USCG
MM 3c John Mccarter USCG
CEM Edgar Vedder USCG
Sea 1c Charles Barnhouse USCG
RM 3c John Dedmon USCG
Cox Jime Gallo USCG
StM 3c Marcus Hickman USCG
MOMM 3c Charles Macfarland USCG
MM 3c Robert Sorenson USCG
SM 3c William Pazurek USCG
F 1c Junior Butler USCG
Cox Edmund Durso USCG
GM 3c Henry Hinson USCG
RM 2c Lloyd Mclarty USCG
WT 2c Harold Vincent USCG
Sea 2c Lester Brandlen USCG
Sea 1c Samuel Degaetano USCG
HA 2c Sheldon Goldstein USCG
Sea 1c Thomas Higgins USCG


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