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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
EM 3c James Stjohn USN
EM 1c Orville Sweet USN
O Std 1c Miguel Tabujara USN
COStd Segundo Tamsi USN
LCdr Laurice Tatum USN
Y 2c Joseph Therriault USN
AMM 3c Robert Thom USN
F 2c Alvin Thums USN
Matt 1c De Townsend USN
F 3c Erle True USN
Ens Neil Truesdell USN
Matt 2c Harold Upton USN
Matt 2c Lewis Vann USN
Prtr 3c Charles Vansickle USN
Matt 2c Gildord Vassar USN
Matt 1c Willie Wade USN
AMM 3c Earl Walford USN
Sea 2c Carl Walker USN
Matt 1c Willie Walton USN
F 3c James Ward USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships