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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
TM 3c George Devere USN
Cox Louis Edelman USN
BM 1c Walter Eshelman USN
F 2c Thomas Estes USN
F 2c Gordon Faulkner USN
TM 2c Dallas Findley USN
Ens Eldon Fisher USN
MM 3c Robert Fitzgerald USN
F 2c Gilbert Fleishour USN
Sea 1c Arthur Funk USN
Y 1c John Galvin USN
Ck 3c Otis Gibson USN
StM 2c Zannie Gibson USN
StM 2c Joseph Graham USN
Sea 2c Charles Gross USN
Sea 2c Robert Hammersley USN
Lt(jg) Arnt Hansen USN
StM 1c William Hardy USN
SM 3c William Hare USN
Stm 2c Louis Henry USN


Various Sources