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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

Name Service Branchsort ascending
RM 1c John Tamas USCG
Lt(jg) George Ayrault USCG
WT 2c Gilbert Bordovsky USCG
RM 2c Lindsay Croswell USCG
F 2c Clarence Follman USCG
CRM Menceslaus Juszkiewicz USCG
Sea 1c Everett Miller USCG
MOMM 1c John Reitsema USCG
Sea 1c James Stobart USCG
Sea 1c Edward Heike USCG
F 1c Robert Eick USCG
Sea 1c Paul Timocko USCG
CY William Cronin USCG
MOMM 1c Huey Bracknell USCG
Sea 1c Joseph Croteau USCG
Sea 1c Edwin Frazier USCG
GM 3c John Kaczynski USCG
Sea 1c Hugh Moran USCG
Sea 1c Forrest Ridenour USCG
Sea 2c Richard Storts USCG


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