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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 1c Robert Kratochvil USCG
F 1c William Mullinax USCG
Sea 1c Elwood Rotruck USCG
Sea 2c Dale Vance USCG
Sea 1c John Perkins USCG
Sea 2c James White USCG


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