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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, October 29, 1944
Submarine Attack
During the Battle for Leyte Gulf, when a decisive victory was won after great hazard to the escort carriers and their screens, Eversole screened two of the damaged carriers, rescued downed pilots, and took wounded off one of the carriers. In the early morning of 28 October, Eversole gained sonar contact with a possible submarine. Soon after gaining sonar contact Eversole suffered the first of two torpedo hits. The ship was ordered abandoned, and after the men were all in the water, the submarine surfaced and opened fire, then dived once more. Five minutes later, there was a tremendous underwater explosion which killed or wounded all of Eversole's men. Lights from the survivors' flashlights attracted two other escorts, one of which rescued the 139 wounded survivors, as the other began a series of attacks which sank I-45, presumably the submarine which had torpedoed Eversole.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 80

Namesort descending Service Branch
PhM 2c Vito Accardi USN
Cox Reny Albert USN
Sea 2c Donald Aldrich USN
F 2c Warren Arnold USN
Sea 1c Raymond Bates USN
EM 2c Bilton Beed USN
EM 3c George Boland USN
Sea 2c Burr Brayman USN
Sea 2c Joseph Brennan USN
Sea 2c Merril Brimer USN
Sea 2c Steven Brown USN
GM 2c Charles Campbell USN
F 2c Clifford Carr USN
F 1c Harry Clopp USN
Sea 1c Nicholas Combas USN
Sea 1c Milan Cottam USN
Sea 1c Dale Cox USN
Sea 1c Robert Deshaies USN
RM 3c Theodore Doyle USN
WT 3c Frank Drobot USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)