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Torpedoed off Leyte in the Phillipines - Over 40 of her crew
were lost with the ship and remain on eternal duty

USS Eversole (DE 404)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - WWII Victory Medal

Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
Eversole (DE 404) Building and Operational Data:
  • 15 September 1943: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 3 December 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Sarah R. Eversole, mother of Lieutenant (junior grade) Eversole
  • 21 March 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr G. E. Marix in command
  • 28 October 1944: Sunk, torpedoed by Japanese Submarine I-45 off Leyte. Other escorts rescued 139 survivors and sank the attacker, 40 crewmembers were lost.
  • 27 November 1944: Struck from the Navy List after 8 months of service

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    Eversole 87k John Thomas Eversole was born 17 April 1915 in Pocatello, Idaho. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1938, and after duty at sea received aviation training. On 07 May 1941, Eversole joined Torpedo Squadron 6 in Enterprise (CV 6), and with many others of his squadron, gave his life for his country in the opening phases of the Battle of Midway on 04 June 1942, in an attack on Japanese carriers made through heavy opposition. Lieutenant (junior grade) Eversole's determination in this action was posthumously recognized with the award of the Navy Cross.

    "For extraordinary heroism and courageous devotion to duty while piloting an airplane of Torpedo Squadron Six in action against the enemy Japanese forces in the Battle of Midway on 04 June 1942 participating in vigorous and intensive assault against the Japanese Invasion Fleet, Lt. (j.g.) Eversole pressed home his attack with relentless determination. In the face of terrific barrage of anti-aircraft fire the unprecedented conditions under which his squadron launched its offensive were so exceptional that it is highly improbable the occasion may never recur where other pilots of the service will be called upon to demonstrate an equal degree of gallantry and fortitude. His extreme disregard of personal safety contributed materially to the success of our forces and his loyal conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Force.

    USS Eversole (DE 404) (March-October 1944) was the first ship to be named in his honor, she was succeeded by DD 789 (1946-1973).

    (Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1938. )
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    Eversole 43k Undated Wartime Images Larry Carr
    Eversole 61k
    Eversole 41k -

    Eversole History
    View the USS Eversole (DE 404) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Eversole as submitted by the Commanding Officer in April 1946.

    Eversole's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    17.) 21 March 1944 - 28 Oct. 1944Lcdr. George Elliott Marix, USN (Comm. CO) (Los Angeles, Cal.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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