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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
MM 2c Lester Oller USN
Matt 1c Chester Oldacre USN
AMM 3c Walter Nye USN
Sea 1c Nicholas Nobal USN
Cox Charles Neely USN
BM 2c William Mitchell USN
2 Lt Wesley Milliken USMC
Sea 1c John Medvetz USN
Matt 1c Thomas Mcnutt USN
Sea 1c Eldon Mckim USN
Sea 2c Walter Mckeighan USN
SK 3c Bernard Mcgahan USN
Lt(jg) Arthur Mcculloch USN
GM 3c Ellsworth Mccue USN
Mus 1c Edward Mcardle USN
EM 3c Talmadge May USN
Matt 1c Maurice Matthews USN
AMM 2c John Marron USN
Sea 2c Richard Maddox USN
Sea 2c Paul Lynch USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships