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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
CRM Richard Peterson USN
CMM Arnold Pillard USN
WT 1c William Polito USN
RT 1c Stanley Pope USN
F 1c Samuel Rector USN
F 1c William Reed USN
MM 2c Harold Reynolds USN
FC 3c John Richardson USN
MM 1c Raymond Richie USN
FC 3c Carl Riddle USN
Sea 1c William Riley USN
EM 3c Robert Ritchie USN
Lt sc Edward Romm USN
Lt(jg) John Rookus USN
MM 1c Lyman Rose USN
WT 2c John Rosena USN
WT 2c Harold Rourke USN
CMM Charles Runion USN
FC 3c Anthony Santangelo USN
BM 1c Aldred Schade USN


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