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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 1c Ozell Douberley USN
SK 2c Clarence Dunn USN
Sea 1c Roy Edney USN
COCk Esteban Elgario USN
EM 3c Fred Ellis USN
EM 1c Tyson Ellis USN
AOM 2c Harry Engelbrecht USN
Matt 2c Pedro Entira USN
AOM 2c Bernard Erne USN
Matt 1c Curtis Ewell USN
Matt 1c Kenneth Farrar USN
Lt(jg) Charles Felton USN
Sea 2c Virgil Ganstine USN
F 1c Wilson Gooch USN
Ens Lewell Gossett USN
Y 2c William Graham USN
OStd 3c Meryland Griffin USN
OC 3c Juey Groom USN
Sea 1c John Hanks USN
Matt 1c Jonathan Harper USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships