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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
Sea 1c Lawrence Waldt USN
SOM 2c Samuel Leone USN
Sea 2c Louis Jacques USN
Sea 1c James Dunkle USN
CWT Iver Elliott USN
F 1c Harold Hepburn USN
Sea 1c Thomas Aloe USN
Sea 2c James Bodenrader USN
EM 3c Joseph Carlin USN
MM 1c Raymond Richie USN
EM 3c Allen Scovill USN
WT 1c William Polito USN
MM 3c Maynsrd Wagner USN
Lt(jg) Richard Lewitt USN
Y 1c Gordon Jensen USN
F 2c John Dupriest USN
QM 3c Albert Gooley USN
Sea 1c John Zaccardelli USN
Sea 1c Richsrd Ammerman USN
F 1c Stanley Boltz USN


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