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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
SC 3c Gilbert Colvin USN
Sea 1c William Connallon USN
Bkr 3c John Cossu USN
MM 2c John Cross USN
Sea 1c William Daniels USN
RDM 3c Bernard Davis USN
Sea 2c Salvatore Delnoce USN
Sea 1c Earl Derrick USN
RDM 3c Lloyd Devereaux USN
Sea 1c Irving Don USN
RM 3c Norman Dority USN
RM 3c Michael Draveck USN
Sea 1c James Dunkle USN
F 2c John Dupriest USN
CWT Iver Elliott USN
SK 2c George Ellman USN
RDM 3c Edward Fagan USN
Sea 1c James Fagg USN
FC 1c Rolland Farnsworth USN
Sea 2c Charles Felts USN


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