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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 ascending Service Branch
Sea 1c Robert Kratochvil USCG
F 1c William Knox USCG
Sea 2c Bob Klein USCG
CRM Benjamin Kinnard USCG
CPhM Augustus Kerr USCG
GM 3c John Kaczynski USCG
CRM Menceslaus Juszkiewicz USCG
RM 2c Robert Jones USCG
F 1c Kenneth Johnson USCG
Sea 2c Earl Jaskowiak USCG
Sea 1c Edward Ingraham USCG
SK 2c Frank Hunt USCG
F 2c Albert Hoppe USCG
MM 3c William Hoopes USCG
Lt(jg) Claude Hoffman USCG
Sea 1c Edward Heike USCG
EM 1c John Hefferon USCG
SM 3c Daniel Hayes USCG
RDM 3c Harold Haun USCG
CM 1c John Harrison USCG


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