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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 ascending
Lt(jg) Harrison Perkins USN
SSM 2c Leonard Benoit USN
Sea 2c John Brunkard USN
EM 3c Robert Ritchie USN
MM 3c Raymond Seymour USN
Sea 1c Bernard Palek USN
FC 3c Louis Turon USN
MM 2c Charles Little USN
EM 2c John Icart USN
Sea 1c Irving Don USN
SK 2c George Ellman USN
CPhM Donald Hertrich USN
StM 1c John Aaron USN
Sea 1c Arthur Bloomberg USN
Sea 1c Philip Campbell USN
FC 3c Carl Riddle USN
Lt William Schubart USN
Sea 1c Carl Parker USN
Sea 1c Lawrence Waldt USN
SOM 2c Samuel Leone USN


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