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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 2c Pete Catgenova USCG
MOMM 3c Robert Easterday USCG
PhoM 3c Arthur Hagendorn USCG
Sea 1c Richard Kirchner USCG
F 1c Charles Payne USCG
Cox Delos Wardle USCG
EM 2c Edwin Ables USCG
MM 2c Arden Cummings USCG
CPC John Goral USCG
Lt William Kotkas USCG
MOMM 1c Hugo Riccardi USCG
Sea 1c Sylvan Elsasser USCG
MM 2c James Chadwick USCG
Cox Joseph Faust USCG
RDM 3c Raymond Hamilton USCG
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


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