Copt, Louis Joseph, EM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
EM-0000-Electrician's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Electrician's Mate
Primary Unit
1940-1944, EM-0000, USS Trout (SS-202)
Service Years
1935 - 1944
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
EM-Electrician's Mate
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Osage City
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Feb 29, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
USS Trout (SS-202)
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
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Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
Submarine Veterans of WW IIWW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1944, Submarine Veterans of WW II
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry

Submarine War Patrols
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Last Updated:
Feb 6, 2012
Personal Memories

5th patrol ? the South PacificOn 27 August,Trout, now under the command of Lt.Cdr. Lawson Paterson "Red" Ramage, proceeded via the Marshall Islands to the Caroline Islands and began patrolling the southern approaches to Truk on 7 September. She was detected by three patrol craft on 10 September, apparently triangulating her position using radar, and was forced to go deep for one and a half hours while attacked by 45 depth charges. The next day, she sighted a large transport, but escorts forced her to go deep and clear the area. On 21 September, the submarine fired three stern torpedoes at a naval auxiliary. The first torpedo broke the ship in half, and the next two hit the aft section. The victim was subsequently identified as Koei Maru, a converted net tender of 900 tons. A week later, Trout picked up a carrier group consisting of a light aircraft carrier, two cruisers, and two destroyers. The submarine closed to 1,500 yards (1,400 m) and fired a spread of five torpedoes. She heard two timed explosions and saw the carrier Taiy slow, with smoke pouring out of her starboard side near the water line. Trout heard high-speed screws approaching and went to 200 feet (61 m) as a pattern of ten depth charges shook her severely.

On 3 October, with one week remaining in her patrol area, Trout approached to reconnoiter Otta Pass, the southern deepwater entrance to Truk. Six miles west of South Islands, she came to periscope depth to obtain a navigational fix. Just as the periscope was lowered, there was a violent explosion, close aboard, that shook the ship violently. The entire crew was stunned by the shock. One man was thrown from his bunk, and another was knocked off his feet. Trout emergency dived to 150 feet (46 m). As she passed 80 feet (24 m) on the way down, another bomb exploded without effect. Since both periscopes were out of commission, the submarine headed for Australia for emergency repairs and arrived at Capricorn Wharf, New Farm (Brisbane) on 13 October 1942.

Trout received her third Presidential Unit Citation for this patrol.

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  201 Also There at This Battle:
  • Azer, John, CAPT, (1928-1948)
  • Bernard, Lawrence, RADM, (1937-1971)
  • Gray, Louis, CAPT, (1940-1960)
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