Kenneth Eugene Farrar, Mess Attendant, First Class, Service # 2664359, United States Navy, Entered the Service from: Virginia Assigned USS USS Wasp (CV-7)

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World War II 1
Navy 1
16 Sep 1943 1

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Full Name:
Kenneth Eugene Farrar 1
16 Sep 1943 1

World War II 1

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Service Start Date:
26 May 1941 1
Enlistment Location:
Richmond VA 1
Service Number:
2664359 1

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  • Farrar, Kenneth Eugene
  • Kenneth E. Farrar
  • Mess Attendant, First Class, U.S. Navy
  • Service # 2664359
  • United States Navy 
  • Entered the Service from: Virginia
  • Date of Enlistment: 26 May 1941, Richmond VA
  • Assigned USS USS Wasp (CV-7)
  • Date 1st received on Board: 15 Aug 1941
  • Last promotion: 1 Feb 1942, Matt1c
  • Missing in Action at Sea 15 Sep 1942 USS Wasp (CV-7)
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Declared Dead: 16-Sep-43

USS Wasp (CV-7) Aircraft carrier

The afternoon of September 15, 1942, Wasp (CV-7), Hornet (CV-8), North Carolina (BB-55) and 10 other warships were escorting a convoy carrying the 7th Marine Regiment from Espiritu Santo to Guadalcanal as reinforcements. Japanese submarine I-19 had fired a spread of six 21-inch type 93 torpedoes at Wasp. Two torpedoes struck Wasp's starboard side almost simultaneously, one near the gasoline storage tanks and the other near the forward bomb magazine. About twenty seconds later, another explosion occurred. Gasoline fires broke out near the athwartships gasoline main on the second deck and low in the ship near ruptured gasoline tanks. Another major fire started forward in the hangar. Gasoline poured freely from ruptured tanks onto the surface of the water. When that gasoline ignited, the forward part of the ship was engulfed in flames. One 5"/38 ready ammunition locker ignited followed by internal explosions.

After a series of heavy explosions of gasoline vapor, loss of fire main pressure and failure of every attempt to bring the fire under control, the Captain ordered "abandon ship" at 3:20 p.m. Abandon ship was completed by 4:00 p.m., by which time Wasp was completely enveloped in flame. 193 sailors died and 366 were wounded in the attack. 45 planes went down with the ship. Wasp stubbornly continued to float and was sunk by her escorts that night.

The USS Wasp (CV-7) WWII War Diaries, list Kenneth Eugene Farrar Mess Attendant 1st Class, as a member of her crew at the time. Logs list him among 103 crew members as, Missing in Action at Sea 15 Sep 1942. The USN declared him dead: MIA/KIA 16 Sep 1943. Next of Kin father: Mr. Kenneth H. Farrar Baskerville, Virginia

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