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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 ascending
Sea 1c Freeman Gregory USCG
Sea 2c Nolan Lego USCG
Cox Lewis Sarkisoff USCG
PhM 2c Roy Anderson USCG
Sea 1c Lovell Crook USCG
EM 3c Fieldon Forkner USCG
F 1c James Hartleib USCG
Sea 1c James Laird USCG
Sea 1c Alfonso Sandoval USCG
Sea 2c Bernard Houchen USCG
SK 1c Billy Boyd USCG
Sea 2c Henry Deermer USCG
Sea 1c Frank Gretz USCG
SC 3c David Lewis USCG
Sea 1c James Selaya USCG
Cox Edwin Antkowiak USCG
Sea 1c Ranard Crowe USCG
CM 2c Warren Fox USCG
MM 3c William Hartzler USCG
Sea 1c Woodrow Lanham USCG


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