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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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
Lt Charles Littell USN
SK 1c Samuel Levin USN
LCdr August Lentz USN
AOM 3c Lawrence Lay USN
OStd 3c William Kornegay USN
PhM 2c Paul Kopchok USN
SK 3c David Kocher USN
Sea 2c James King USN
AMM 3c Jerome Kennon USN
Sea 2c Harry Kennedy USN
OC 3c Willie Kelly USN
Matt 1c James Kelly USN
SK 3c Leonard Kangas USN
Bos'n Francis Kane USN
F 2c Raymond Jorgensen USN
AMM 2c Paul Jordan USN
Sea 1c Leroy Jenkins USN
Matt 2c Calvin Jefferson USN
Y 2c Stanley Jadwisiak USN
Matt 2c Willie Jacobs USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships