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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
EM 1c Melvin Peterson USN
F 1c Alton Talley USN
Sea 1c Frances Marko USN
Sea 1c Monte Kuykendall USN
Sea 1c William Daniels USN
F 1c Clarence Garman USN
F 1c Marvin Wilson USN
RM 3c Edward Bachleda USN
CFC Charles Booth USN
StM 1c Walter Collins USN
Lt sc Edward Romm USN
Sea 1c Guy Smith USN
CRM Richard Peterson USN
Sea 2c David Sullivan USN
WT 1c James Moak USN
EM 3c Robert Kronberg USN
RDM 3c Bernard Davis USN
F 1c Leonard Gapinski USN
SC 1c Thomas Wilson USN
F 1c Charles Baker USN


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