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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
MM 2c Lawrence Johnson USN
RM 2c Omar Johnson USN
CEM Charlie Johnson USN
Y 1c Gordon Jensen USN
Sea 2c Louis Jacques USN
EM 2c John Icart USN
Sea 2c Carlton Howe USN
Y 3c Martin Howe USN
MOMM 1c Robert Houser USN
WT 2c Kenneth Holtzapple USN
RM 3c Howard Hoffman USN
Ens George Hoffman USN
LCdr William Hodnett USN
CPhM Donald Hertrich USN
F 1c Harold Hepburn USN
RDM 3c Miron Hamm USN
MM 3c James Hall USN
PhM 2c Marion Hall USN
RDM 3c Eunice Guilford USN
StM 1c Roy Govantes USN


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