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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
CM 3c Joe Coffer USN
MM 2c Carl Kusevich USN
F 2c Gordon Faulkner USN
StM 2c Zannie Gibson USN
RM 3c Albert Pugliese USN
SC 1c Donell Smith USN
Sea 1c Edward Collacott USN
SC 2c Joseph Kurkis USN
F 2c Thomas Estes USN
Sea 2c Charles Gross USN
CGM Michel Poremba USN
QM 3c Charles Singles USN
Lt(jg) George Cronemeyer USN
Cdr James Kyes USN
Ens Eldon Fisher USN
StM 2c Joseph Graham USN
WT 1c Byron Pratt USN
Sea 1c Howard Williams USN
MM 3c Zelf Crouch USN
GM 2c Carleton Kenney USN


Various Sources