Originally Posted by KenLin39
The Reuben James I believe.
Correct! The U.S.S. REUBEN JAMES was torpedoed and sunk with the loss of 115 crew by the U.552, and the U.S.S.Kearney (two of 5 American destroyers escorting British convoys prior to Germany's declaration of war on America), was torpedoed and damaged but not sunk.
President Roosevelt took enormous political risks, in a still very isolationist America, offering assistance which clearly breached the laws of neutrality.
Repairing our warships in Brooklyn Navy Yard for another such example; an exercise which went far beyond the obligation to make a ship seaworthy enough to proceed to sea.