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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 ascending Service Branch
MM 2c Robert Wilson USN
SOM 3c Robert Wiegand USN
MM 3c Edward Weide USN
SM 3c Merwin Udell USN
Cox Eugene Tomassi USN
F 1c Robert Stella USN
F 1c John Sochalski USN
RDM 3c Hoyt Smith USN
Lt Edwin Schuler USN
F 1c Manuel Saladrigas USN
Sea 1c Ernest Roberg USN
QM 1c Arthur Riddle USN
MM 3c Herbert Reiser USN
GM 2c Thomas Reardon USN
WT 1c Willis Pitt USN
Sea 1c Raymond Pfeiffer USN
Sea 1c Frank Petito USN
F 1c Louis Perera USN
Y 1c James Patterson USN
Sea 1c Joseph Nobile USN


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