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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
F 1c Joseph Tarr USN
F 1c Elmer Lewis USN
RM 2c Omar Johnson USN
Sea 1c Earl Derrick USN
RDM 3c Eunice Guilford USN
WT 3c Leland Welker USN
F 1c Antone Arcanjo USN
MM 3c Chester Bonnett USN
Sea 1c Yat Chin USN
FC 3c Anthony Santangelo USN
BM 1c Aldred Schade USN
CMM Arnold Pillard USN
F 1c Edward Tavis USN
F 1c Fred Marinelli USN
CEM Charlie Johnson USN
Sea 2c Salvatore Delnoce USN
SC 3c Delmar Gardner USN
CEM James Wenrich USN
Std 3c Marion Barksdale USN
Sea 1c Paul Bonsall USN


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