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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
EM 3c Jack Dropkin USN
WT 3c Nelson Elliot USN
F 2c Earl Exum USN
Sea 2c Albert Faatz USN
MM 1c Alvin Finley USN
F 1c Charles Frierson USN
F 1c Thomas Galvin USN
QM 3c John German USN
CM 2c Noah Graham USN
F 1c Dayton Green USN
SOM 3c Nick Griz USN
F 1c George Hagedorn USN
F 1c Lawrence Hamner USN
MM 3c Rondall Harbaugh USN
F 1c Robert Hayes USN
Sea 1c Reuben Heffel USN
F 1c Charles Hemstreet USN
F 1c Lawrence Hitchcock USN
Sea 1c William Holder USN
Sea 2c Robert Horner USN


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