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(2) 1944 U.S.S. Cooper Ship Launching Pin Back Buttons
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The picture shows a front and back view of the (2) 1944 U.S.S. Cooper Ship Launching Pin Back Buttons in this lot. These launching badges are believed to have been saved by a shipyard worker. They were found in a Staten Island, New York attic with many others from dating from 1941 to 1944 when many ships were launched to do battle in World War II. They had been hidden away in that attic from the 1940s until 2008. The ship was launched from The Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock of Kearny, New Jersey.

These pinback buttons are imprinted in black on a light green background. There are paper inserts in the backs. They are marked on the two sides as follows:

FEBRUARY 9, 1944


The pin back buttons each measure 1-1/2'' wide. They are in good condition with some surface rusting on the back as pictured.

Below here, for reference, is some information on the U.S.S. Cooper:

U.S.S. Cooper (DD-695)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Name: U.S.S. Cooper
Namesake: Elmer Glenn Cooper
Builder: Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company Kearny, New Jersey
Laid down: 30 August 1943
Launched: 9 February 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Elmer G. Cooper
Commissioned: 27 March 1944
Fate: Sunk in battle 3 December 1944 1054?N 12436?E

General characteristics

Class and type: Allen M. Sumner class destroyer
Displacement: 2,200 tons
Length: 376 ft. 6 in. (114.8 m)
Beam: 40 feet (12.2 m)
Draft: 15 feet 8 inches (4.8 m)
Propulsion: 60,000 shp (45 MW); 2 propellers
Speed: 34 knots (63 km/h)
Range: 6500 nmi at 15 knots (12,000 km at 28 km/h)
Complement: 336
Armament: 6 - 5 in./38 guns (12 cm), 12 x 40mm AA guns, 11 x 20mm AA guns, 10 - 21 in. torpedo tubes, 6 depth charge projectors, 2 depth charge tracks.

U.S.S. Cooper (DD-695), an Allen M. Sumner class destroyer, is the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for Elmer Glenn Cooper, a naval aviator who died in a seaplane accident in 1938. The Cooper was launched 9 February 1944 by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J.; sponsored by Mrs. Elmer G. Cooper; and commissioned 27 March 1944, Commander J. W. Schmidt in command.

The U.S.S. Cooper cleared Boston, Massachusetts 23 July 1944 for Pearl Harbor arriving 4 September. After operational training, she sailed 23 October for Ulithi, arriving 5 November, and put to sea at once to screen carriers in air attacks on Luzon, Ormoc Bay, and Manila Bay until 19 November. After repairs at Ulithi, she entered San Pedro Bay, Philippines, 29 November and joined in patrols in Leyte Gulf until 2 December, when she sailed with the U.S.S. Allen M. Sumner (DD-692) and the U.S.S. Moale (DD-693) 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 3 December, Cooper was torpedoed by the Japanese destroyer Take. Reports state that she suffered an explosion on her starboard side, then it broke in two, and sank within a minute. The presence of enemy forces prevented rescue of survivors until about 14:00, when ''Black Cat'' airplanes were able to save 168 of Cooper's crew; 191 were lost. In the Battle of Ormoc Bay, Kuwa was sunk and Take was damaged by the American destroyers. In addition to the loss of Cooper, Allen M. Sumner and Moale were both damaged. Cooper was awarded one battle star for World War II service.

A documentary TV film on the Cooper was produced by Bigfoot Entertainment and made its debut in mid 2006. It featured deep sea diver Rob Lalumiere and survivors of the Cooper sinking. For further information, see Battle of Ormoc Bay.

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