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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
Lt(jg) Arthur Mcculloch USN
AOM 2c Harry Engelbrecht USN
F 1c Wilson Gooch USN
F 3c Charles Park USN
Ens Raymond Shipley USN
COStd Segundo Tamsi USN
OC 3c Robert Williams USN
OC 1c Maximino Buenaventura USN
Sea 1c Robert Cote USN
Ens Richard Jaccard USN
Matt 1c Thomas Mcnutt USN
Matt 2c Pedro Entira USN
Ens Lewell Gossett USN
Matt 1c James Parham USN
Sea 2c Carl Rosenberg USN
LCdr Laurice Tatum USN
Matt 2c Joseph Williams USN
SK 3c Donald Abrams USN
Lt(jg) Herman Bullinger USN
Matt 2c Robert Crawford USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships