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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Pvt Arnold Carlson USMC
2 Lt Wesley Milliken USMC
OC 2c Arthur Bolding USN
BM 2c Raymond Clutter USN
Sea 2c Robert Howe USN
BM 2c William Mitchell USN
Sea 2c Paul Lynch USN
Sea 1c Ozell Douberley USN
AMM 3c Walter Nye USN
Mus 1c Herbert Smith USN
F 2c Alvin Thums USN
Matt 1c Willie Wade USN
Matt 1c Willie Walton USN
Ens Warren Bolt USN
Lt William Cook USN
F 3c Claude Houston USN
Matt 1c Maurice Matthews USN
Sea 1c Roy Edney USN
SK 2c Clarence Dunn USN
Sea 1c Nicholas Nobal USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships