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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 ascending Service Branch
F 1c David Travis USN
F 1c Harold Trapp USN
Sea 1c Walter Toczek USN
MM 3c James Thompson USN
RM 3c Harold Thomas USN
F 1c Frank Thiede USN
F 1c Edward Tavis USN
F 1c Joseph Tarr USN
F 1c Alton Talley USN
Sea 2c David Sullivan USN
F 1c Harold Sullivan USN
MM 3c Eugene Sulek USN
WT 2c Robert Spencer USN
F 1c Luther Spainhoward USN
F 2c James Soper USN
Sea 1c Guy Smith USN
SOM 2c Thomas Smith USN
M 3c Robert Shotak USN
F 1c Clyde Short USN
MM 1c Thomas Shannon USN


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