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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
SOM 2c Thomas Smith USN
F 1c Harold Trapp USN
MM 3c Eugene Sulek USN
MM 2c Forrest Moreau USN
B 3c Arthur Kranz USN
Sea 1c Fred Forehand USN
EM 2c Ernest Gelinas USN
Sea 1c John Williams USN
GM 1c William Barger USN
Sea 1c Robert Bounds USN
Sea 1c William Connallon USN
WT 2c John Rosena USN
M 3c Robert Shotak USN
F 1c David Travis USN
F 1c Harold Sullivan USN
BM 2c Paul Moreno USN
F 1c Stephen Lamadrid USN
F 2c Louis Finkelstein USN
Sea 2c Milton Gerber USN
Sea 2c John Williams USN


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