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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
OStd 3c Robert Baylon USN
Ens Fred Cannon USN
Bos'n Francis Kane USN
PhM 2c Paul Kopchok USN
LCdr August Lentz USN
OStd 3c George Dent USN
Matt 1c Jonathan Harper USN
Matt 2c Elmo Patin USN
Sea 2c Robert Reynolds USN
Matt 2c Harold Upton USN
Y 3c William Weaver USN
Matt 1c Murphy Beckon USN
Matt 2c Robert Carter USN
Matt 2c Calvin Jefferson USN
Sea 2c James King USN
SK 1c Samuel Levin USN
GM 1c Edward Dodd USN
Lt Frederick Harrington USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships