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Leopold

Ship Designation: 
DE-319
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

Name Service Branchsort ascending
TM 3c Howard Cutler USN
BM 2c Clyde Ballenger USCG
Sea 2c Gerald Claus USCG
Sea 1c Leon Durrence USCG
Lt(jg) Claude Hoffman USCG
RDM 3c Irving Lieser USCG
Sea 2c John Ohar USCG
F 1c Howard Sitgreaves USCG
Lt(jg) Robert Wescott USCG
Sea 1c Leon Sweeney USCG
RM 2c James Lowrie USCG
QM 3c William Becker USCG
Sea 2c Eldridge Cooper USCG
MM 3c Joseph Eastman USCG
MM 3c William Hoopes USCG
Sea 2c William Maclennan USCG
EM 2c Harry Ott USCG
SM 3c Edwin Snook USCG
SOM 2c Lester Wingate USCG
Y 2c Francis Winter USCG

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