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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 ascending Service Branch
Gunner Foster Sawyer USN
Y 2c David Sassaman USN
SK 3c Lowell Rushton USN
MM 2c Robert Rueger USN
Sea 2c Carl Rosenberg USN
Ens Leland Riggs USN
Sea 2c Richard Richards USN
Sea 2c Robert Reynolds USN
Sea 2c Robert Reganold USN
Ens Thomas Reed USN
Matt 1c Lee Plowden USN
Matt 2c Leonard Pitzer USN
Sea 2c William Picciani USN
CM 2c Santo Pecoraro USN
SF 1c Ronald Patterson USN
Matt 2c Elmo Patin USN
Sea 1c William Parvin USN
Ens John Parker USN
F 3c Charles Park USN
Matt 1c James Parham USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships