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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
F 1c Arthur Schatz USN
SOM 3c Joseph Schellhase USN
MM 2c Oscar Schlenker USN
Lt William Schubart USN
EM 3c Allen Scovill USN
WT 1c Franklin Sebens USN
MOMM 2c Rudolph Sebesta USN
RM 1c John Sementuh USN
MM 3c Raymond Seymour USN
F 1c Sam Sgambati USN
MM 1c Thomas Shannon USN
F 1c Clyde Short USN
M 3c Robert Shotak USN
Sea 1c Guy Smith USN
SOM 2c Thomas Smith USN
F 2c James Soper USN
F 1c Luther Spainhoward USN
WT 2c Robert Spencer USN
MM 3c Eugene Sulek USN
Sea 2c David Sullivan USN


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