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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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
EM 2c Bilton Beed USN
F 1c George Hagedorn USN
Sea 2c Albert Faatz USN
Ens Calvin Light USN
Sea 1c Raymond Pfeiffer USN
EM 3c George Boland USN
SOM 3c Nick Griz USN
WT 3c Nelson Elliot USN
F 1c Earl Lease USN
Sea 1c Frank Petito USN
Sea 2c Burr Brayman USN
F 1c Lawrence Hitchcock USN
F 2c Bonnie Johnson USN
F 2c Alfred Lebel USN
F 1c Louis Perera USN
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