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  USS Cooper DD-695
USN
Sumner Class Destroyer

2,200 Tons
376' 6" x 40' x 15' 8"
6 x 5" guns
12 x 40mm AA guns
11 x 20mm AA guns
10 x 21" torpedo tubes
6 x depth charge proj
2 x depth charge tracks

Ship History
Built by Federal Shipbuilding Company in Keamy, NJ. Laid down August 30, 1943. Launched February 9, 1944. Commissioned March 27, 1944.

Sinking History
On December 3, 1944 at 0013 hours during the Battle of Ormoc Bay, USS Cooper was hit by a Japanese torpedo midship, that caused the destroyer to break into two pieces and immediately sink.

Fates of the Crew
During the explosion and sinking, 191 of her crew went down with the ship. Some of the surviving crew managed to swim to Ponson Island where they were later rescued by PBY Catalina piloted by Ball from VP-34.

References
Preludes to Victory: The Battle of Ormoc Bay by William Griggs
YouTube "USS Cooper Return To Ormoc the Ultimate Dive"

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Last Updated
August 18, 2018

 

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