On 9 March 1944, while 400 miles south of Iceland, as part of Escort Division 22, with the 27-ship convoy, CU-16, bound for the British Isles, the USS Leopold (DE-319) reported a radar contact at 1950 at 8,000 yards, which placed it seven miles south of the convoy at 57°37′0″N 26°30′0″W / 57.61667°N 26.5°W / 57.61667; -26.5. Assisted by the USS Joyce (DE-317), the Leopold was ordered to intercept. General Quarters was sounded and orders were issued to "fire on sight." A flare was released and gun crew strained to sight the submarine in the lighted area. The U-boat was almost submerged when spotted and the gun crews had to work blind. Leopold was struck by an acoustic torpedo fired from the German U-boat U-255. Badly damaged, she was abandoned.
The USS Joyce rescued 28 survivors at the close of the action; 171 men, including all of the Leopold's officers, died with their ship through explosion on board or drowning after abandoning. Leopold remained afloat until early the next morning, then sank 400-miles south of Iceland. SM3c Francis Patrick Currey was declared "Missing in Action".
WAR: World War II
Awards: Purple Heart
Title: Signalman, Third Class
Rank: Signalman, Third Class
Service: SM3c, U.S. Coast Guard
Service ID: 524269
Division: United States Coast Guard
Data Source: World War II Honor Roll
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