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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
Matt 2c Leonard Pitzer USN
Matt 1c Lee Plowden USN
Ens Thomas Reed USN
Sea 2c Robert Reganold USN
Sea 2c Robert Reynolds USN
Sea 2c Richard Richards USN
Ens Leland Riggs USN
Sea 2c Carl Rosenberg USN
MM 2c Robert Rueger USN
SK 3c Lowell Rushton USN
Y 2c David Sassaman USN
Gunner Foster Sawyer USN
Lt(jg) Albert Schnell USN
Ens z Louis Schram USN
Cdr John Shea USN
Ens Raymond Shipley USN
Matt 3c Ernest Simpson USN
Lt John Smith USN
Mus 1c Herbert Smith USN
EM 1c George Stclair USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships