USS Cooper (DD-695)

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USS Cooper, in New York before commissioning
USS Cooper, in New York before commissioning.
Career (U.S.)
Name: USS Cooper
Namesake: Elmer Glenn Cooper
Builder: Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
Kearny, New Jersey
Laid down: 30 August 1943
Launched: 9 February 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Elmer G. Cooper
Commissioned: 27 March 1944
Fate: Sunk in battle 3 December 1944
10°54′N 124°36′E / 10.900°N 124.600°E / 10.900; 124.600[1]
General characteristics
Class & type: Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer
Displacement: 2,200 tons
Length: 376 ft 6 in (114.76 m)
Beam: 40 ft (12.2 m)
Draft: 15 ft 8 in (4.78 m)
Propulsion: 60,000 shp (45 MW);
2 propellers
Speed: 34 knots (63 km/h)
Range: 6500 nmi @ 15 knots
(12,000 km @ 28 km/h)
Complement: 336
Armament: 6 × 5 in./38 guns (12 cm),
12 x 40mm AA guns,
11 x 20mm AA guns,
10 × 21 in. torpedo tubes,
6 × depth charge projectors,
2 × depth charge tracks

USS Cooper (DD-695), a Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer, is the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for Elmer Glenn Cooper, a naval aviator who died in a seaplane accident in 1938. The Cooper was launched 9 February 1944 by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, N.J.; sponsored by Mrs. Elmer G. Cooper; and commissioned 27 March 1944, Commander J. W. Schmidt in command.

Cooper cleared Boston 23 July 1944 for Pearl Harbor arriving 4 September. After operational training, she sailed 23 October for Ulithi, arriving 5 November, and put to sea at once to screen carriers in air attacks on Luzon, Ormoc Bay, and Manila Bay until 19 November.

After repairs at Ulithi, she entered San Pedro Bay, Philippines, 29 November and joined in patrols in Leyte Gulf until 2 December, when she sailed with Allen M. Sumner (DD-692) and Moale (DD-693) to destroy shipping in Japanese-held Ormoc Bay. Here the ships engaged two small enemy destroyers and numerous small craft. At about 00:13 on 3 December, Cooper was torpedoed by the Japanese destroyer Take.[2]

Reports state that she suffered an explosion on her starboard side, then it broke in two, and sank within a minute. The presence of enemy forces prevented rescue of survivors until about 14:00, when "Black Cat" airplanes were able to save 168 of Cooper's crew; 191 were lost.

In the Battle of Ormoc Bay, Kuwa was sunk and Take was damaged by the American destroyers. In addition to the loss of Cooper, Allen M. Sumner and Moale were both damaged.[1]

A documentary TV film, USS Cooper: Return to Ormoc Bay, was produced by Bigfoot Entertainment and made its debut in mid-2006. It featured deep-sea diver Rob Lalumiere and survivors of the Cooper sinking.

Cooper was awarded one battle star for World War II service.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cressman, Robert (2000). "Chapter VI: 1944". The official chronology of the U.S. Navy in World War II. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-55750-149-3. OCLC 41977179. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  2. ^ Cooper was probably sunk by Kuwa according to this source:

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Coordinates: 10°54′N 124°36′E / 10.900°N 124.600°E / 10.900; 124.600