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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
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
F 2c Clifford Carr USN
MM 3c Rondall Harbaugh USN
Sea 2c Angelo Iovino USN
Sea 1c Ernest Roberg USN
Cox Eugene Tomassi USN
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