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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 1c Lawrence Deaton USCG
F 2c Bartolo Diluvio USCG
Cox Leo Donohue USCG
Lt(jg) Harold Duhamel USCG
Sea 1c Leon Durrence USCG
MM 3c Joseph Eastman USCG
F 1c Robert Eick USCG
SC 2c George Elliott USCG
Sea 1c Joseph Ellis USCG
Lt(jg) Arthur Evans USCG
Sea 2c Raymond Farnsley USCG
Sea 2c John Ferencik USCG
Sea 2c Charles Fitzgerald USCG
Sea 1c Harry Flinn USCG
F 2c Clarence Follman USCG
Sea 1c Edwin Frazier USCG
RM 3c William Gee USCG
SOM 3c Glenn Gesaman USCG
F 1c Robert Gilder USCG
CMOMM Loris Giroux USCG


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