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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
MM 3c Chester Bonnett USN
Sea 1c Paul Bonsall USN
CFC Charles Booth USN
F 1c Louis Bouffard USN
Sea 1c Robert Bounds USN
Sea 1c Harold Bowman USN
F 1c Alphonse Brach USN
F 1c Carl Briggs USN
Sea 2c James Brigulio USN
SOM 1c Joseph Brooks USN
GM 3c Robert Brooks USN
Sea 2c John Brunkard USN
CPhM Thomas Byrne USN
Sea 1c Philip Campbell USN
EM 3c Joseph Carlin USN
WT 1c Harry Carnahan USN
F 1c Henry Casolin USN
Sea 1c Yat Chin USN
MM 3c Michael Chorich USN
StM 1c Walter Collins USN


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