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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 2c Bennie Porter USCG
F 1c Jack Powley USCG
MOMM 1c John Reitsema USCG
Sea 1c Forrest Ridenour USCG
GM 3c Joseph Roberts USCG
GM 3c John Robinette USCG
Sea 1c Elwood Rotruck USCG
GM 3c Donald Rowell USCG
Sea 1c Vance Ryan USCG
Std 1c Eddie Samson USCG
MOMM 2c Edward Savage USCG
PhM 3c Joseph Savoy USCG
RM 3c William Schmalfuss USCG
Sea 2c Elmer Simon USCG
StM 2c George Simpson USCG
F 1c Howard Sitgreaves USCG
SM 3c Edwin Snook USCG
CGM Marshall Snook USCG
Lt(jg) William Spencer USCG
Sea 1c Willard Starrett USCG


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