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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
Sea 2c Charles Nicholas USCG
RM 3c William Schmalfuss USCG
Sea 1c John Wassmer USCG
PhM 3c Joseph Savoy USCG
Sea 2c Bob Klein USCG
Sea 2c Joseph Balczon USCG
MOMM 2c William Clark USCG
Lt(jg) Harold Duhamel USCG
SM 3c Daniel Hayes USCG
Y 1c William Lichvarcik USCG
Sea 2c John Ogrady USCG
StM 2c George Simpson USCG
Sea 2c Ray Wells USCG
F 2c Virgil Sutton USCG
Ens Samuel Logue USCG
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


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