|Death: ||Sep. 16, 1943|
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)
Declared Dead: 16 Sep 1943
Awards: Purple Heart
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. At least two hit their target. Of the torpedoes that missed Wasp, one hit North Carolina and one hit the destroyer O'Brien.
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) War WWII War Diaries, list Kenneth Eugene Farrar Mess Attendant 1st Class, 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
Note: Entered the service from Virginia.
Plot: Court 3
GPS (lat/lon): 21.31342, -157.84752
Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56129954