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[[Commander]] '''Waldemar Kophamel''' (August 16, 1880 &ndash; November 4, 1934) was a successful and highly decorated [[Germany|German]] [[U-boat]] [[commander]] in the [[Kaiserliche Marine]] during [[World War I]].
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[[Commander]] '''Waldemar Kophamel''' (August 16, 1880 &ndash; November 4, 1934) was a successful and highly decorated German [[U-boat]] [[commander]] in the [[Kaiserliche Marine]] during [[World War I]].
   
 
In his time as commander of {{SMU|U-35|Germany|2}} and {{SMU|U-140||2}} he succeeded in sinking 54 ships for a total tonnage of {{Gross register tonnage|148,852|first=yes|link=off}}. One of his notable actions was sinking the [[Diamond Shoal Lightship No. 71 (LV-71)]]. Before doing so he allowed the crew, as well as survivors they had rescued from another of his victims, the SS ''Merak'', to evacuate the ship.
 
In his time as commander of {{SMU|U-35|Germany|2}} and {{SMU|U-140||2}} he succeeded in sinking 54 ships for a total tonnage of {{Gross register tonnage|148,852|first=yes|link=off}}. One of his notable actions was sinking the [[Diamond Shoal Lightship No. 71 (LV-71)]]. Before doing so he allowed the crew, as well as survivors they had rescued from another of his victims, the SS ''Merak'', to evacuate the ship.
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* [[Hanseatic Cross]] of Hamburg
 
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Waldemar Kophamel
Born (1880-08-16)August 16, 1880
Died November 4, 1934 (1934-11-05) (aged 54)
Place of birth Graudenz
Place of death Plön
Allegiance German Empire
Service/branch Kaiserliche Marine
Years of service 1898 - 1920
Rank Fregattenkapitän
Commands held U-35, Nov 3, 1914 – Nov 12, 1915
U-140, Mar 28, 1918 – Nov 11, 1918
Battles/wars U-boat Campaign (World War I)
Awards Iron Cross 1st class
Knight's Cross with Swords of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
Order of the Red Eagle 4th class
Pour le Mérite

Commander Waldemar Kophamel (August 16, 1880 – November 4, 1934) was a successful and highly decorated German U-boat commander in the Kaiserliche Marine during World War I.

In his time as commander of U-35 and U-140 he succeeded in sinking 54 ships for a total tonnage of 148,852 gross register tons (GRT). One of his notable actions was sinking the Diamond Shoal Lightship No. 71 (LV-71). Before doing so he allowed the crew, as well as survivors they had rescued from another of his victims, the SS Merak, to evacuate the ship.

Awards and decorations[]

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