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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
F 1c William Knox USCG
Sea 2c William Mosier USCG
GM 3c John Robinette USCG
Ens Charles Valaer USCG
Sea 1c Almo Musetti USCG
F 1c Robert Gilder USCG
Cox Frank Wassilak USCG


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