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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
Lt Frederick Harrington USN
OC 3c Robert Harris USN
StM 1c William Henderson USN
CMM Mark Henning USN
OC 3c James Hinton USN
Ens Christopher Hollowell USN
F 3c Claude Houston USN
Sea 2c Robert Howe USN
RM 3c William Howell USN
Sea 1c Harvey Hunter USN
Lt(jg) Munroe Hussey USN
Ens Richard Jaccard USN
Matt 2c Willie Jacobs USN
Y 2c Stanley Jadwisiak USN
Matt 2c Calvin Jefferson USN
Sea 1c Leroy Jenkins USN
AMM 2c Paul Jordan USN
F 2c Raymond Jorgensen USN
Bos'n Francis Kane USN
SK 3c Leonard Kangas USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships