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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
Cox Albert Manke USCG
Cox Raymond Mazzanti USCG
MM 3c John Mccarter USCG
WT 3c John Mccaw USCG
MM 3c William Mccullough USCG
SK 3c Harold Mcdaniel USCG
SK 3c Harold Mcguckin USCG
RM 2c Lloyd Mclarty USCG
MM 3c Alvis Menard USCG
StM 2c Madge Miller USCG
Sea 1c James Miron USCG
Sea 1c William Nivin USCG
Sea 1c Douglas Oaklund USCG
Cox William Odonnell USCG
CMM George Orton USCG
F 1c Charles Payne USCG
SM 3c William Pazurek USCG
WT 3c Lincoln Peterson USCG
Lt(jg) Warren Prance USCG
StM 3c Frederick Qualmann USCG


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