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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 1c William Parvin USN
Gunner Foster Sawyer USN
Prtr 3c Charles Vansickle USN
LCdr John Wymond USN
Matt 1c George Anderson USN
Matt 1c James Caffee USN
SK 3c Leonard Kangas USN
SK 3c David Kocher USN
Lt Charles Littell USN
F 1c George Deason USN
StM 1c William Henderson USN
SF 1c Ronald Patterson USN
Ens Thomas Reed USN
Matt 2c Gildord Vassar USN
Lt(jg) Glen Wood USN
OStd 3c Robert Baylon USN
Ens Fred Cannon USN
Bos'n Francis Kane USN
PhM 2c Paul Kopchok USN
LCdr August Lentz USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships