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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 2c Joseph Brennan USN
Sea 1c William Holder USN
WT 1c Joseph Houdek USN
F 1c John Sochalski USN
Y 1c James Patterson USN
Sea 2c Merril Brimer USN
Sea 1c Reuben Heffel USN
Sea 2c Robert Horner USN
RDM 3c Hoyt Smith USN
WT 1c Willis Pitt USN
Sea 2c Steven Brown USN
F 1c Charles Hemstreet USN
F 1c Raymond Jambois USN
Lt Edwin Schuler USN
F 1c Robert Stella USN
GM 2c Charles Campbell USN
F 1c Lawrence Hamner USN
MM 3c Lewis Isaac USN
F 1c Manuel Saladrigas USN
SM 3c Merwin Udell USN


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