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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
F 1c Clyde Short USN
Sea 1c Walter Toczek USN
F 1c Frank Thiede USN
F 1c Harvey Mcginnis USN
Lt(jg) Jeremiah Killigrew USN
TM 3c Daniel Foley USN
RDM 3c Miron Hamm USN
MM 3c William Woerfel USN
F 1c William Bass USN
F 1c Alphonse Brach USN
MM 2c John Cross USN
MM 1c Thomas Shannon USN
WT 2c John Murdock USN
WT 2c Norman Tremblay USN
RM 3c Harold Thomas USN
Sea 2c Peter May USN
MM 3c John Konnyu USN
BM 1c Alton Flippin USN
MM 3c James Hall USN
RM 3c Charles Wood USN


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