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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 descending
Sea 2c Victor Pelletier USCG
Lt(jg) William Spencer USCG
Sea 2c Ozzie Greene USCG
F 1c Jerome Antior USCG
Sea 2c Elmer Simon USCG
Sea 2c William Bissett USCG
RM 3c Michael Coviello USCG
Lt(jg) Arthur Evans USCG
Sea 2c Earl Jaskowiak USCG
EM 3c Eugene Mathews USCG
Sea 1c Leonard Peterson USCG
Sea 1c Willard Starrett USCG
GM 3c John Guenther USCG
Sea 2c John Bell USCG
QM 3c John Strouse USCG
EM 3c Clyde Boblitt USCG
MOMM 1c Robert Covington USCG
Sea 2c Raymond Farnsley USCG
F 1c Kenneth Johnson USCG
MOMM 1c John Miecznikowski USCG


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