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Eversole

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
Y 2c Dellaware Newman USN
Lt(jg) Stephen Mroczkowski USN
FC 3c William Moschelle USN
RM 3c Robert Morrison USN
Sea 1c Domineck Merico USN
F 1c Francis Macri USN
Ens Calvin Light USN
F 2c Alfred Lebel USN
F 1c Earl Lease USN
QM 3c Robert Lattimer USN
F 2c Richard Kratoska USN
F 1c Seymour Kluger USN
SK 1c Forrest Kirby USN
Sea 1c Kenneth Kean USN
F 2c Bonnie Johnson USN
F 1c Raymond Jambois USN
MM 3c Lewis Isaac USN
Sea 2c Angelo Iovino USN
Sea 2c Frank Inda USN
WT 1c Joseph Houdek USN

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