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Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Tuesday, September 15, 1942
Torpedoed near Guadalcanal
Wasp was dispatched to the Pacific in June 1942 to reinforce U.S. Naval forces there in the wake of the carrier battles of Coral Sea and Midway and in preparation for offensive operations in the Southern Pacific. In early August, she participated in the invasion of Guadalcanal. The remainder of her service life was devoted to the effort to hold that vital island in the face of Japanese attempts to recapture it. On 15 September 1942, while steaming well to the southward of Guadalcanal, USS Wasp was torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-19. Uncontrollable gasoline fires forced her abandonment, and she was sunk by torpedoes from an escorting destroyer.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 172

Namesort descending Service Branch
SK 3c Donald Abrams USN
Matt 2c Vincent Alford USN
Matt 1c L.C. Allen USN
SK 3c Otis Allrid USN
Matt 1c George Anderson USN
OStd 3c Robert Baylon USN
Matt 1c Murphy Beckon USN
Matt 1c Terance Bibbs USN
Matt 2c Quinten Blay USN
OC 2c Arthur Bolding USN
Ens Warren Bolt USN
Matt 2c Emerson Bowman USN
Matt 2c Alvin Brewer USN
Matt 1c William Brooks USN
Matt 2c Selmer Broyles USN
OC 1c Maximino Buenaventura USN
Lt(jg) Herman Bullinger USN
Sea 1c Archie Burlingame USN
Sea 1c James Busby USN
CY Norman Byers USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships