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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
Sea 1c Irving Don USN
RDM 3c Lloyd Devereaux USN
Sea 1c Earl Derrick USN
Sea 2c Salvatore Delnoce USN
RDM 3c Bernard Davis USN
Sea 1c William Daniels USN
MM 2c John Cross USN
Bkr 3c John Cossu USN
Sea 1c William Connallon USN
SC 3c Gilbert Colvin USN
StM 1c Walter Collins USN
MM 3c Michael Chorich USN
Sea 1c Yat Chin USN
F 1c Henry Casolin USN
WT 1c Harry Carnahan USN
EM 3c Joseph Carlin USN
Sea 1c Philip Campbell USN
CPhM Thomas Byrne USN
Sea 2c John Brunkard USN
SOM 1c Joseph Brooks USN


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