SF1 Oliver Ralph Limpert

SF1 Oliver Ralph Limpert

Birth
Missouri, USA
Death 3 Dec 1944 (aged 39)
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56779660 · View Source
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SF1 Oliver Ralph Limpert
Shipfitter 1st Class – US Navy Service #6684039
USS COOPER (DD-695)
After repairs at Ulithi, the Cooper entered San Pedro Bay, Philippines, on November 29th, 1944 and joined in patrols in Leyte Gulf until December 2nd, when she sailed with USS Allen M. Sumner (DD-692) and USS Moale (DD-693. Their assignment was 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 December 3, 1944, Cooper was torpedoed by the Japanese destroyer Take. Reports state that she suffered an explosion on her starboard side, then broke in two and sank in less than a minute. A first-hand report states that the USS COOPER went down fighting. During the fierce battle she eliminated two enemy dive bombers and assisted with sinking one enemy destroyer and damaging another before she went down. She was hit by Japanese torpedo fire, the massive explosion causing her to sink in only 36 seconds. The COOPER broke in half and sank so quickly that its below deck crew of 191 men went down with her. The only survivors were those personnel topside who were able to abandon ship. According to surviving crew from nearby ships, men floated in the water or clung to debris until they could be rescued. "The presence of enemy forces prevented the rescue of survivors until about 14:00 hours, when "Black Cat" airplanes were able to save 168 of Cooper's crew; 191 men were lost."

These brave men still rest beneath the waves aboard the USS Cooper. A plaque memorializes them at the Manila American (ABMC) Cemetery and in the Philippines.

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Missouri.

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  • Maintained by: M Limpert
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56779660
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SF1 Oliver Ralph Limpert (25 Mar 1905–3 Dec 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56779660, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by M Limpert (contributor 47353938) .