USS Leopold (DE 319)
Destroyer Escort of the Edsall class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd. (Orange, Texas, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||7 Aug 1942|
|Laid down||24 Mar 1943|
|Launched||12 Jun 1943|
|Commissioned||18 Oct 1943|
|Lost||9 Mar 1944|
|Loss position||58° 44'N, 25° 50'W|
On 9 March 1944 the US Coast Guard manned USS Leopold (Cmdr. Kenneth Coy 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 broke in two and remained afloat, but both parts sank early the next morning in position 58º44'N, 25º50'W. 172 died which includes all 13 officers and only 28 ratings survived who were picked up by USS Joyce (DE 317).
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the USS Leopold|
Commands listed for USS Leopold (DE 319)
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|1||Kenneth Coy Phillips, USCG||18 Oct 1943||9 Mar 1944 (+)|
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