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USS Serpens Memorial

USS Serpens Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, August 30, 2009
1. USS Serpens Memorial Marker
Herein rest those who lost their lives in the sinking of USS Serpens
World War II
January 29, 1945.

Edwin A Ables EM2 USCGR • John C Aiken III LT USCGR • Roy G Anderson PHM2 USCGR • Edwin F Antkowiak COX USCGR • Lawrence L Arndt CPL USA • Harry E Aro WT1 USCG • Clifford D Ashby AS USCGR • George C Auble LTJG USCGR • Woodward S Babcock GM3 USCGR • Walter E Baginski PFC USA • Charles E Baillargeon TEC5 USA • Edward A Baker MACH USCG • Jacob Barer S1 USCGR • Charles R Barnhouse S1 USCGR • Robert J Barrett PFC USA • Leland C Barrick PFC USA • Alec Beskosty TEC 5 USA • Joseph Bielinski S1 USCGR • Edwin L Boos PFC USCGR • Derious F Borton JR PFC USA • Billy L Boyd SK1 USCG • Lester L Brandlen S1 USCGR • Gerald C Breen F2 USCGR • Alfred W Brieschke TEC5 USCGR • Chester Brooks ST2 USCGR • James M Broshear QM3 USCGR • Clarence M Buchanan PFC USA • Leo H Burke S2 USCGR • Clifton C Burks PVT USA • Keith D Burns S2 USCGR • Junior W Butler F1 USCGR • Raymond F Callahan S1 USCGR

Gilbert J Camarlinghi S2 USCGR • Anthony Cambria S2 USCGR • Louis S Carey
USS Serpens Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, August 30, 2009
2. USS Serpens Memorial Marker
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S1 USCGR • James G Carmichael TEC5 USCGR • Charles E Carr S2 USCGR • Peter A Cassaris S1 USCGR • Pete Catgenova S2 USCGR • Philip R Cervantez CM3 USCGR • James E Chadwick MM2 USCGR • Leslie E Chambers S2 USCGR • Fred L Childs SSGT USA • Frank J Ciancio S1 USCGR • Joseph Cope S1 USCGR • James V Cote S1 USCGR • Howard R Cotton PFC USA • William Cowhey S1 USCGR • Charles E Craft S1 USCGR • Lawrence F Creech S2 USCGR • Lovell R Crook S1 USCG • Ranard M Crowe S1 USCGR • Arden O Cummings MM1 USCG • Albert B Curtis F1 USCGR • Fritze O Dahlbrg PVT USA • John C Daly S1 USCGR • John A Dancisak S1 USCGR • James E Davis TEC4 USA • Max E Davis ENS USCGR • Clarence W Day S2 USCGR • Howard E Day Jr S1 USCGR • John C Dedmon Jr RDM3 USCGR • Henry K Deermer S2 USCGR

Samuel DeGaetano S1 USCGR • Robert M Degreve S2 USCGR • Marvin Derouen S1 USCGR • George L Dickerson STM1 USCGR • Lee H Diehl S1 USCGR • Harold C Distel F1 USCGR • Homer A Dix Jr S2 USCGR • William C Doherty S1 USCGR • Edward J Donato CM3 USCGR • Donald R Donovan S1 USCGR • James Drago S2 USCGR • William C Dunn S1 USCGR • Edmund J Durso COX USCGR • Robert A Easterday F1 USCGR • Gustave F Eckart COX USCGR • Billy G Elam PFC USA • Sylvan B Elsasser Jr S1 USCGR • Joseph D Faust COX USCGR • Richard M Feutz PFC USA • John Fidurski S1 USCGR
USS Serpens Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, August 30, 2009
3. USS Serpens Memorial Marker
• Ira V Fletchr S1 USCGR • Murray C Flowers HA1 USCGR • Fieldon B Forkner EM3 USCGR • Warren L Fox CM2 USCGR • Glenn B Frank PVT USA • Roger W Fregia S2 USCGR • Jay F French S1 USCGR • Ralph C Fritz S1 USCGR • Lewis L Fulda PFC USCGR • Charles D Furrey TEC5 USCGR • Kayah Gale PFC USA

Jime Gallo COX USCGR • Ely Gamsu S1 USCGR • John L Garzon F1 USCGR • Edward C Gesford PFC USA • Mack E Gibson S1 USCGR • Fred E Gilbert PFC USA • Robert L Glaze CBM USCG • Sheldon G Goldstein HA2 USCGR • Emelio C Gonzales S2 USCGR • John K Goral CPC USCGR • Charles E Graeber PHM3 USCGR • Warren J Granger SC3 USCGR • Daniel L Grant Jr Y3 USCGR • Floyd Grapenthin Jr PFC USA • Jean P D Gray S1 USCGR • Freeman Gregory S1 USCGR • Frank J Gretz S1 USCGR • Stanley R Grisbaum S1 USCGR • Boyce F Guthridge RT3 USCGR • Phillip Gutierrez TEC5 USA • Alan J Guyett PFC USA • Elmer P Hagemeier Jr WT2 USCGR • Arthur C Hagendorn Jr PHM3 USCGR • Raymond C Hamilton RDM3 USCGR • John W Hampton BM2 USCGR • William H Harlow F1 USCGR • Kenneth H Harmon F2 USCGR • Donald J Hart S2 USCGR • James Hartleib F1 USCGR

William C Hartzler MM3 USCGR • Melvin Haskell S1 USCGR • Perry P Headrick S2 USCGR • Alexander Helement PFC USA • Leslie Helsem MM2 USCGR • Herman T Helton PVT USA • Felix L Henigan F2 USCGR • Francis V Henry
USS <i>Serpens</i> (AK-97) image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard
4. USS Serpens (AK-97)
PFC USA • George A Henshaw SC2 USCGR • Robert A Herrington F1 USCGR • Marcus R Hickman STM3 USCGR • Thomas L Higgins S1 USCGR • Nile W Hinerman CPL USA • Henry C Hinson GM3 USCGR • Robert B Hodge S1 USCGR • Robert B Hopkins TEC5 USCGR • Bernard J Houchen S1 USCGR • Robert L Hoyt S1 USCGR • Raymond E Hubacher QM3 USCGR • Otis D Hull S1 USCGR • Colon J Hutchinson S1 USCGR • Vernard C Jacobs MOMM2 USCGR • Paul R Jaissle S2 USCGR • Norman A Johnson S2 USCGR • Richard C Johnson PFC USA • Robert J Johnson LTJG USCGR • Frank Kadilak SK1 USCGR • William G Kayler Jr PFC USA • Milton R Kellar Jr S2 USCGR • Herbert C Keough PFC USA • Arnold E Kettunen F1 USCGR • Ralph D Kiley S1 USCGR • Melvin M Kolar MOMM3 USCGR • William C Kotkas LT USCG

William J Kramer PVT USA • Paul F Kreps PFC USA • Norbert E Krueger S1 USCGR • Vincent J Kurdilla S1 USCGR • Stanley J Kusek S1 USCGR • Charlie G Kyle STM1 USCGR • James E Laird S1 USCGR • Walter P Lambert S1 USCGR • Woodrow Lanham S1 USCGR • David A Latraille PVT USA • Nolan R Lego Jr F2 USCGR • Russell C Leverentz MM3 USCG • Harry M Levin SURGEON USPHS • David F Lewis SC3 USCGR • Walter J Limbacher Jr. SK3 USCGR • Charles T MacFarland MOMM3 USCGR • John H McCarter MM3 USCGR • John L McCaw WT3 USCGR • William J McCullough Jr MM# USCGR • Charles E McDaniel
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PFC USA • Malcolm W McDaniel RDM3 USCGR • Arnold J McGrath 1st LT USA • Harold M McGuckin Jr SK3 USCGR • Lloyd A McLarty RM2 USCGR • Ted McMahan SGT USA • Joseph J Mackey COX USCGR • Samuel M Maddox S2 USCGR • Albert J Manke COX USCGR • Guy L Mark TEC5 USA • Curtiss D Matney TEC4 USA • Nicholas A May PFC USA

Raymond G Mazzanti COX USCG • Raymond F Medves PVT USA • Alvis J Menard MM3 USCGR • Madge V Miller STM1 USCGR • James J Miron S1 USCGR • Leo E Moore TEC5 USCGR • Huie Morgan PFC USA • William F Nivin S1 USCGR • Douglas H Oakland S1 USCGR • William R O'Donnell COX USCGR • Walter L Okichick TEC5 USA • George E Orton CMM USCGR • Albert L Owen TEC4 USA • Charles C Payne F1 USCGR • William O Pazurek SM3 USCGR • Lincoln F Peterson WT3 USCGR • Warren C Prance LTJG USCGR • John J Preedom TEC5 USA • Frederick E A Qualmann STM3 USCGR • Roy A Questad ENS USCGR • George H Reilly SGT USA • Orville F Reuter S1 USCGR • Hugo Riccardi MOMM1 USCGR • Linton J Robeson TEC5 USA • Fred O Royer RM3 USCGR • Paul Rudy CMM USCGR • Eugene Ruggiero CMM USCGR • Marcus A Ruth TEC5 USA • Roy A Sampay MM3 USCGR • Alfonso C Sandoval S1 USCGR • Lewis J Sarkisoff COX USCGR

John P Schmook F1 USCGR • Charles E Schrader S1 USCGR • James D Selaya S1 USCGR • William H Seleman Jr COX USCGR • Jacob H Shogren
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ENS USCGR • Robert J Smith WT3 USCGR • Robert C Sneddon S1 USCGR • Robert H Sorenson MM3 USCGR • Cyril D Steinman Jr RM1 USCGR • William P Stiles PFC USA • Washington E Stillman CPHM USCG • Mryon K Strickland RM3 USCGR • Floyd Stuckey COX USCGR • Ivan B Thomas PFC USA • Robert E Thomas Y1 USCG • James R Thornburgh MM1 USCGR • Hubert Turner MOMM1 USCGR • Vernon H Twait BM2 USCGR • William W Vaughan GM2 USCG • Edgar L Vedder CEM USCGR • Samuel L Villemont WT3 USCGR • Harold L Vincent WT2 USCGR • John F Walko COX USCGR • Eugene J Ward ST1 USCG • Delos R Wardle COX USCGR • Lawton Watts PFC USA • Kinchion D West SM2 USCGR • Woodrow H Wetts S1 USCGR • Alton White S2 USCGR • Charles B Wood SC1 USCGR • Tom Zaffore SSML3 USCGR
Erected 1949 by U.S. Coast Guard.
Topics and series. This historical marker and memorial is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the National Cemeteries series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1862.
Location. 38° 52.442′ N, 77° 4.12′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is at the intersection of Grant Drive and Bradley Drive, on the right when traveling north on Grant Drive. Marker is in Section 34 of the National Cemetery, at the intersection of Grant, Porter and Bradley Drives. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Myer VA 22211, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Marine Division Association (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Americal Division (about 400 feet away); The Vietnamese Airborne Division and Their Advisors (about 500 feet away); USS Frank E. Evans DD 754 (about 600 feet away); Lieut. Col. Edmund Rice (about 600 feet away); U.S.S. Salem (about 600 feet away); 96th Infantry Division, U.S. Army (about 700 feet away); Walter Reed, M.D. (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
Regarding USS Serpens Memorial. Listed above are the names of the 193 Coast Guardsmen, the 56 Soldiers, and the one Public Health Service officer killed in the explosion aboard the USS Serpens (AK-97) at Lunga Point, Guadalcanal.
Also see . . .
1. USS Serpens (AK-97). Wikipedia entry (Submitted on September 15, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. USS Serpens Memorial. "The largest group burial at Arlington National Cemetery took place on June 15, 1949, when 250 men from the USS Serpens were interred in 52 caskets. ..." (Submitted on November 5, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
Additional keywords. U.S. Coast Guard; AK-97; Liberty Ship.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2023. It was originally submitted on November 5, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,915 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 5, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4. submitted on November 6, 2009. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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