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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

Name Service Branchsort ascending
F 2c Warren Arnold USN
CM 2c Noah Graham USN
MM 1c Alvin Finley USN
Sea 1c Domineck Merico USN
RM 3c Robert Morrison USN
Sea 1c Raymond Bates USN
F 1c Dayton Green USN
F 2c Earl Exum USN
F 1c Francis Macri USN
Lt(jg) Stephen Mroczkowski USN
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


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