LCDR William Philip Hodnett, Jr

LCDR William Philip Hodnett, Jr

Birth
Death 3 Dec 1944 (aged 26)
At Sea
Burial Henry County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 114224828 · View Source
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US Navy WORLD WAR II
Lieutenant Commander, William P. Hodnett Jr. MIA/KIA
Graduate USNA Class of 1940
Hometown: Martinsville Virginia
Service # 0-085086
Awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal
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Ship: USS COOPER DD-695
Mission: Combat patrol
Mission Date: 3-Dec-44
Location: Ormoc Bay
Cause: Sunk by torpedo strike near Ormoc bay
Crew:

After repairs at Ulithi, (DD-695) 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.

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.

Lieutenant Commander Hodnett appearsTablets of the Missing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila Metro Manila National Capital, His memorial Oakwood Cemetery Martinsville Henry County Virginia, is a cenotaph his body was never recovered.


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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: Janice Hollandsworth
  • Added: 22 Jul 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 114224828
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LCDR William Philip Hodnett, Jr (27 Nov 1918–3 Dec 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 114224828, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Henry County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .