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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Friday, December 24, 1943
U-Boat Attack in the North Atlantic
On December 24, 1943 Task Group 21.14 lead by USS Card (CVE-11) was sighted by German aerial reconnaissance while on it's third hunter-killer operation. ... USS Card was attacked by U-415 with a spread of three torpedoes - all missed their target. An attack on USS Decatur (DD-341) by the same boat also failed. ... About three hours later three U-Boats approached USS Leary. U-275 attacked Leary first, striking her with a torpedo near the aft engine room. Several minutes later, U-382 attempted another attack by missed the sinking destroyer. Within the next few moments though, USS Leary became the third and last American destroyer to be sunk by a German U-boat. Leary's commanding officer, CDR James E. Kyes was lost with his ship. ... Survivors were picked up by USS Schenck (DD-159), which found U-645 later the same day, evaded a torpedo and sunk the U-boat with depth charges. The Task Group returned to Norfolk Virginia on January 2, 1944. ... U-275 was sunk by a mine in the English Channel south of Newhaven on March 10, 1945.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 97

Namesort descending Service Branch
Ens Morton Aks USN
CWT James Allen USN
CTM Paul Anderson USN
F 1c Clarence Bair USN
TM 2c Charles Balog USN
Sea 1c Harry Bellamy USN
TM 2c Joseph Bennett USN
SC 3c Henry Bergmann USN
MM 2c Paul Bernhardt USN
Cox Charles Boyd USN
GM 1c Charles Clark USN
CM 3c Joe Coffer USN
Sea 1c Edward Collacott USN
Lt(jg) George Cronemeyer USN
MM 3c Zelf Crouch USN
F 2c Gerald Darger USN
Sea 2c Edward Dayton USN
Sea 1c William Decoste USN
MM 2c Alex Delrose USN
CMM Arthur Denton USN


Various Sources