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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
F 1c Stanley Boltz USN
WT 1c Harry Carnahan USN
FC 3c John Richardson USN
MM 2c Oscar Schlenker USN
RT 1c Stanley Pope USN
F 1c Jerry Vlasek USN
SF 1c Oliver Limpert USN
MM 2c Lawrence Johnson USN
RDM 3c Lloyd Devereaux USN
StM 1c Roy Govantes USN
CMM Ralph Warkentien USN
Sea 2c Charles Amo USN
Sea 2c William Bomzer USN
F 1c Henry Casolin USN
CMM Charles Runion USN
SOM 3c Joseph Schellhase USN
Sea 1c Joseph Pearce USN
F 1c Joseph Tarr USN
F 1c Elmer Lewis USN
RM 2c Omar Johnson USN


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