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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
EM 3c Lawrence Corbett USN
MM 1c Harry Cooper USN
SK 1c Henry Cooper USN
AMM 2c Dempsey Coon USN
Lt William Cook USN
BM 2c Raymond Clutter USN
AMM 3c Everett Clark USN
AOM 3c Otto Cecello USN
Matt 2c Robert Carter USN
Pvt Arnold Carlson USMC
Ens Fred Cannon USN
Matt 1c James Caffee USN
CY Norman Byers USN
Sea 1c James Busby USN
Sea 1c Archie Burlingame USN
Lt(jg) Herman Bullinger USN
OC 1c Maximino Buenaventura USN
Matt 2c Selmer Broyles USN
Matt 1c William Brooks USN
Matt 2c Alvin Brewer USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships