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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 John Hanzarak USCG
Sea 1c Stephen Hamilton USCG
SC 2c Hans Hake USCG
GM 3c John Guenther USCG
Sea 2c Ozzie Greene USCG
CQM Richard Graham USCG
CMOMM Loris Giroux USCG
F 1c Robert Gilder USCG
SOM 3c Glenn Gesaman USCG
RM 3c William Gee USCG
Sea 1c Edwin Frazier USCG
F 2c Clarence Follman USCG
Sea 1c Harry Flinn USCG
Sea 2c Charles Fitzgerald USCG
Sea 2c John Ferencik USCG
Sea 2c Raymond Farnsley USCG
Lt(jg) Arthur Evans USCG
Sea 1c Joseph Ellis USCG
SC 2c George Elliott USCG


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