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Memorial U.S.S. Serpens Arlington National Cemetery

This memorial is located at Arlington National Cemetery. It commemorates the explosion of the ammunition ship USS Serpens (AK-97) off Lung Beach, Guadalcanal, on 29 January 1945.

There were 250 casualties. Of these, 193 were sailors of the U.S. Coast Guard. It was the largest single disaster suffered by the United States Coast Guard in the Second World War. It was not possible to identify the dead. They were buried here together, the memorial is their collective headstone.

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  • Text: Fedor de Vries
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