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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 ascending
F 1c Harry Clopp USN
F 1c Robert Hayes USN
Sea 2c Frank Inda USN
QM 1c Arthur Riddle USN
MM 2c Robert Wilson USN
Sea 1c Nicholas Combas USN
Sea 1c Robert Deshaies USN
QM 3c Robert Lattimer USN
MM 3c Herbert Reiser USN
SOM 3c Robert Wiegand USN
Sea 1c Milan Cottam USN
WT 3c Frank Drobot USN
F 2c Richard Kratoska USN
GM 2c Thomas Reardon USN
MM 3c Edward Weide USN
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