USS Leary (i)(DD-158)

Casualty List

Navy US Navy
Type Destroyer
Class Wickes 
Pennant DD 158 
Built by New York Shipbuilding Corp. (Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Laid down 6 Mar 1918 
Launched 18 Dec 1918 
Commissioned 5 Dec 1919 
Decommissioned 29 June 1922
Recommissioned  1 May 1930
Lost 24 Dec 1943 
Loss position 45.15N, 21.40W (North Atlantic)
History  
  On 24 December 1943, the American hunter-killer Task Group 21.14, formed around the USS Card was spotted by a German reconnaissance aircraft and the wolfpack Borkum was ordered to attack. The carrier had a narrow escape when three FAT torpedoes fired at 01.43 hours by U-415 (Neide) missed her. The same U-boat also missed the USS Decatur (DD 341) with a Gnat. At 05.05 hours, U-275 fired a Gnat at the USS Leary (DD 158) (Cdr. James Ellsworth Kyes) and hit her on the starboard side in the after engine room. A second Gnat fired by U-382 (Zorn) at 05.21 hours missed the already sinking destroyer. She sank after a huge internal explosion within one minute about 585 miles west-north-west of Cape Finisterre in position 4515'N, 2140'W. 97 of the crew died and 57 survived and were rescued by the USS Schenck (DD 159), which found U-645 (Ferro) later the same day, evaded a torpedo and sinks the U-boat with depth charges. Amongst those who died was the Commanding officer Cdr.James Ellsworth Kyes.

Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 24 Dec 1943 by U-275 (Bork).

Commander Cdr. James Ellsworth Kyes, USN