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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Thursday, March 9, 1944
Torpedo Attack off Iceland
Leopold departed New York March 1, as convoy screening ship bound for Great Britain. Leopold gained sonar contact March 9, on possible submarine contact. ... While investigating she was struck by an acoustic torpedo launched from German U-255. ... Suffering major damage from the torpedo attack, Leopold was abandoned with the loss of 171 crew members. ... 28 survivors were rescued by her sister ship USS Joyce (DE 317). Leopold remained afloat several hours after being abandoned but later sank

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 167

Namesort ascending Service Branch
Sea 1c Elwood Rotruck USCG
GM 3c John Robinette USCG
GM 3c Joseph Roberts USCG
Sea 1c Forrest Ridenour USCG
MOMM 1c John Reitsema USCG
F 1c Jack Powley USCG
Sea 2c Bennie Porter USCG
Cdr Kenneth Phillips USCG
Sea 1c Leonard Peterson USCG
Sea 1c John Perkins USCG
Sea 2c Victor Pelletier USCG
Sea 1c John Pawlen USCG
EM 2c Harry Ott USCG
Sea 2c John Ohar USCG
Sea 2c John Ogrady USCG
Sea 2c Charles Nicholas USCG
Lt(jg) Kenneth Nelson USCG
F 2c William Neff USCG
Sea 1c Almo Musetti USCG
F 1c William Mullinax USCG


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