USS Leopold (DE-319)

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USS LEOPOLD (DE-319) LAUNCHING, AT ORANGE, TEXAS, 12 JUNE 1943."  photographer unknown.

Photo provided to the Naval Historical Center courtesy of D.M.McPherson in 1975.U.S.Naval Historical Center Photograph -- Released

Navy US Navy
Type Destroyer Escort
Class Edsall 
Pennant DE 319 
Built by Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd. (Orange, Texas, U.S.A.) 
Laid down 24 Mar 1943 
Launched 12 Jun 1943 
Commissioned 18 Oct 1943 
Lost 9 Mar 1944 
Loss position 58.44N, 25.50W

On 9 March 1944, the US Coast Guard manned USS Leopold (Cdr. Kenneth C. Phillips, USCG:) was on her second voyage and escorting the convoy CU-16, when she got an acoustic contact about 400 miles south of Iceland and turned to investigate it. But before the destroyer escort reached the U-boat, she was hit at 22.00 hours by a Gnat from U-255 and was abandoned. The vessel remained afloat, but sank early the next morning in position 58.44N, 25.50W

Loss of 172 crew KIA  through explosion on board by a acoustic torpedo.

Only 28 survivors were picked up by the sister ship USS Joyce (DE 317).

Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 9 Mar 1944 by U-255 (Harms).


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