USS Cooper (DD-695)

Navy US Navy
Type Destroyer
Class Sumner 
Pennant DD 695 
Built by Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Laid down 30 Aug 1943 
Launched 9 Feb 1944 
Commissioned 27 Mar 1944 
Lost 3 Dec 1944 
Loss position sank almost instantly in position 1054'N, 12436'E ,
History During a naval attack in Ormoc Bay, Leyte, USS Cooper was with the USS Allen M. Sumner (DD 692) and USS Moale (DD 693) when a torpedo from the Japanese destroyer Take hit the USS Cooper on her starboard side, breaking her in two. killing 191 crewmen. 168 men were rescued by PBY Catalina flying boats which includes the Commanding officer Commander Mell Andrew Peterson apparently all the crew were wounded or injured as a result of the sinking.