Coast Guard Manned USS Serpens, Explosion, Jan. 29, 1945

File:USS Serpens Memorial - Arlington National Cemetery - west view - 2011.jpgPhoto credit: Tim1965, View of the west side of the the USS Serpens Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery near Arlington, Virginia, in the United States. The ship exploded on January 29, 1945, while anchored off Laguna Beach at the island of Guadalcanal. 

Yesterday marked the anniversary of the loss of the Blackthorn, today it is the 68th anniversary of the loss of the USS Serpens (AK-97) that resulted in the loss of 196 Coast Guardsmen plus 57 Army stevedores.  This was the largest loss of life in a single incident in the history of the service. The names are here.

7 thoughts on “Coast Guard Manned USS Serpens, Explosion, Jan. 29, 1945

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  4. Chuck. My father was on the USS SERPENS. READ MY BLOG ON the CG LONG BLUE LINE. ALSO ON THE COAST GUARD COMBAT VETERANS ASSOCIATIONS WINTER QUARTERDECK LOG ON THE SINKING OF THE USS SERPENS. I AM IN THE PROCESS OF PUTTING TOGETHER A BOOK WITH THE HELP OF DOUGLAS CAMPBELL ON THIS WHOLE COVER UP TO DENY THE PURPLE HEART MEDAL TO THE 250 THAT WENT DOWN WITH THE SERPENS 29 JAN 1945

    • Please keep me posted on your process regarding the sinking of the USS Serpens. My uncle was killed that horrible day. His name was Robert J. Smith. he was my mom’s only brother. My email is groganiam1@verizon.net
      Thank you
      Shari Grogan

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