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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 Lyle Stepanek USCG
StM 2c Eddie Stevens USCG
Sea 1c James Stobart USCG
Sea 2c Richard Storts USCG
QM 3c John Strouse USCG
MOMM 1c Raymond Sullivan USCG
F 2c Virgil Sutton USCG
Sea 1c Leon Sweeney USCG
F 1c Jacob Talsma USCG
RM 1c John Tamas USCG
Sea 1c Paul Timocko USCG
Ens Charles Valaer USCG
SC 2c Rene Vallet USCG
Sea 2c Dale Vance USCG
Sea 1c William Vanegmong USCG
MOMM 2c Lester Wahl USCG
RM 3c Walter Ward USCG
Cox Frank Wassilak USCG
Sea 1c John Wassmer USCG
Sea 2c Ray Wells USCG


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