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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
F 2c Willie Herndon USN
StM 3c Arthur Hobbs USN
Sea 2c Charles Hogan USN
MM 3c Grady Hogan USN
F 1c George Howard USN
F 2c Kenneth Howard USN
SM 3c Walter Howser USN
RM 3c Robert Hurley USN
Sea 2c Clifford Isaacs USN
Ens Alonzo Jacque USN
MM 2c Joseph James USN
MM 3c Charles Jamroz USN
M 2c William Joanides USN
WT 2c Robert June USN
Sea 2c George Justice USN
Sea 2c James Keeley USN
GM 2c Carleton Kenney USN
Lt(jg) Anthony Kerasotes USN
TM 1c Bradley Kitchens USN
F 2c John Kline USN


Various Sources