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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

Namesort ascending Service Branch
BM 2c Paul Moreno USN
MM 2c Forrest Moreau USN
WT 1c James Moak USN
F 1c Harvey Mcginnis USN
Sea 2c Peter May USN
Sea 1c Frances Marko USN
F 1c Fred Marinelli USN
MM 2c Charles Little USN
SF 1c Oliver Limpert USN
Lt(jg) Richard Lewitt USN
F 1c Elmer Lewis USN
SOM 2c Samuel Leone USN
F 1c Stephen Lamadrid USN
Sea 1c Monte Kuykendall USN
EM 3c Robert Kronberg USN
B 3c Arthur Kranz USN
MM 3c John Konnyu USN
Lt Stanley Klores USN
CM 2c William Kinney USN
Lt(jg) Jeremiah Killigrew USN


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