U-73 sunk by USS Woolsey and Trippe, December 16, 1943

The American Liberty Ship John S. Copley was torpedoed in the late afternoon of December 16, 1943 by U-73, while joining convoy GUS-24 off Oran. The U-boat was sunk by the escorts shortly after this attack.  John S. Copley was towed to Oran, repaired and returned to service.

RADM L. A. Davidson presents the Purple Heart Medal to Lawrence M. Palmieri S1C of USS Wolsey aboard USS Brooklyn for wounds received in action against U-73



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Photographs of POWs aboard USS Woolsey and ashore at Oran
USS Woolsey Action Report
Navy Department Press Release - Two United States Destroyers in Mediterranean Sink German Submarine
Report on the Interrogation of Survivors of U-73