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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
WT 1c Joseph Houdek USN
Sea 2c Frank Inda USN
Sea 2c Angelo Iovino USN
MM 3c Lewis Isaac USN
F 1c Raymond Jambois USN
F 2c Bonnie Johnson USN
Sea 1c Kenneth Kean USN
SK 1c Forrest Kirby USN
F 1c Seymour Kluger USN
F 2c Richard Kratoska USN
QM 3c Robert Lattimer USN
F 1c Earl Lease USN
F 2c Alfred Lebel USN
Ens Calvin Light USN
F 1c Francis Macri USN
Sea 1c Domineck Merico USN
RM 3c Robert Morrison USN
FC 3c William Moschelle USN
Lt(jg) Stephen Mroczkowski USN
Y 2c Dellaware Newman USN


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