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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, December 3, 1944
Torpedo Attack near Ormoc Bay
Operating in company with USS Allen M. Sumner (DD 692) and USS Moale (DD 693) through Surigao Straits COOPER encountered a Japanese force of transports and escorting destroyers landing troops at Ormoc Bay, Leyte Philippines. The three US destroyers during the melee damaged or sank one destroyer, five transport freighters and 10 aircraft. At 0013 a Japanese torpedo found COOPER; she suffered a high order explosion on her starboard side, breaking the ship in two and sinking within a minute of the torpedo hit. 191 of her crew went down with the ship ... The proximity of Japanese forces precluded the immediate rescue of survivors by friendly surface forces, however the valiant efforts of “Black Cat” seaplanes enabled 168 survivors to later be rescued from the waters of Ormoc Bay

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 190

Namesort descending Service Branch
StM 1c John Aaron USN
Sea 1c Thomas Aloe USN
Sea 1c Richsrd Ammerman USN
Sea 2c Charles Amo USN
F 1c Antone Arcanjo USN
RM 3c Edward Bachleda USN
F 1c Charles Baker USN
GM 1c William Barger USN
Std 3c Marion Barksdale USN
CBM Marion Barry USN
F 1c William Bass USN
TM 1c Wilson Beatty USN
Sea 2c Thomas Beaudry USN
Lt(jg) Belton Bennett USN
Sea 1c Howard Bennett USN
SSM 2c Leonard Benoit USN
Sea 1c Arthur Bloomberg USN
Sea 2c James Bodenrader USN
F 1c Stanley Boltz USN
Sea 2c William Bomzer USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)