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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
LCdr Laurice Tatum USN
Matt 2c Joseph Williams USN
SK 3c Donald Abrams USN
Lt(jg) Herman Bullinger USN
Matt 2c Robert Crawford USN
AMM 3c Jerome Kennon USN
Sea 1c John Medvetz USN
AOM 2c Bernard Erne USN
Sea 2c Virgil Ganstine USN
Cox Charles Neely USN
MM 2c Robert Rueger USN
EM 1c George Stclair USN
Sea 2c Robert Wilson USN
Matt 2c Vincent Alford USN
Sea 1c Archie Burlingame USN
Y 2c Philip Cumiskey USN
Sea 2c Harry Kennedy USN
Sea 2c Walter Mckeighan USN
Matt 1c Curtis Ewell USN
OC 3c James Hinton USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships