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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
PhM 2c Vito Accardi USN
Sea 1c Dale Cox USN
EM 3c Jack Dropkin USN
F 1c Seymour Kluger USN
Sea 1c Joseph Nobile USN
Cox Reny Albert USN
F 1c Thomas Galvin USN
RM 3c Theodore Doyle USN
SK 1c Forrest Kirby USN
Y 2c Dellaware Newman USN
Sea 2c Donald Aldrich USN
QM 3c John German USN
F 1c Charles Frierson USN
Sea 1c Kenneth Kean USN
FC 3c William Moschelle USN
F 2c Warren Arnold USN
CM 2c Noah Graham USN
MM 1c Alvin Finley USN
Sea 1c Domineck Merico USN
RM 3c Robert Morrison USN


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