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|8k||Robert Lawrence Leopold was born 11 November 1916 in Louisville, Ky. He graduated from Louisville Male High School in 1934 and continued his education at the University of Louisville earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1938. During his years at the University of Louisville he was the President of the Student Council and belonged to the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. He became a member of the Kentucky State Bar Association and American Bar Association after earning his a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree in 1940 and was presented the Phi Alpha Delta Senior Award. Shortly after graduation he enlisted in the Naval Reserve 10 July 1940. Following training on the USS Wyoming, he was appointed midshipman 16 September 1940 for active duty training at Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School (Abbott Hall) Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois. Having completed his training he was commissioned an ensign 12 December and reported for duty aboard the USS Arizona on 28 December 1940. Ensign Leopold served aboard the battleship until killed in action on the morning of 7 December 1941 during the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart on 21 January 1943 having been killed in action as a direct result of wounds received in action with the enemy of the United States. His other awards received posthumously included the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; American Defense Service Medal; and the World War II Victory Medal in 1948.
USS Leopold (DE 635) (1943-1944) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(A special thank you to the University of Louisville Ekstrom Library Archives and Records Center for their kind assistance.)
|116k||Submitted in honor and memory of my mother's brother, F1c Kenneth Jack Johnson, who was killed aboard Leopold when she was torpedoed by German submarine U-255 on 9 March 1944.||Major Ron Lowrance,
United States Army
|60k||"SEVEN WHO SURVIVED THE LEOPOLD SINKING:" These seven Coast Guardsmen, shown in a hospital somewhere in the British Isles, survived the sinking of the Coast Guard Destroyer Escort Leopold by a German submarine somewhere in the North Atlantic. Only 28 out of a complement of 200 escaped death in the loss of the vessel - one of the worst sea tragedies of the war. Here, Richard R. Novotny, S1c, of Riverside, Long Island, who suffered a back injury, is visited by six of his buddies, all of them survivors. The others are (standing, left to right) Cleveland E. Parker, Chief Commissary Steward, of Pulaski, Tenn.; W. G. O'Brien, S1c, of New York City, N.Y.; Antone Freitas, Jr., S2c, of Fall River, Mass.; Joseph A. Burgun, Soundman 3c, of Glen Rock, N.J.; (seated) Troy S. Gowens, S1c, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Joseph M. Hanysz, S1c, of Detroit, Mich." (undated, possibly late March/early April 1944); USCG Photo No. 2192; photographer unknown)||Bill Gonyo|
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