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|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.)
20 May 1944: Boston, Mass. - A six view series of USS Eversole (DE 404) in Boston Harbor. Eversole entered the Boston Navy Yard on 12 May 1944 for her post-shakedown
yard availability upon her return from Bermuda. These photos were taken when she got underway enroute to Norfolk, Va. at 1400 on the afternoon of the 20th. Arriving in Norfolk at
0900 on 22 May, she left for Colon, Panama the same day at 15:00 in company with USS Dennis (DE 405) as escorts for USS Arlington (AP 174).
(U.S. Navy photo #'s11077-2739-44, 11077-2740-44, 11077-2741-44, 11077-2742-44, 11077-2743-44, and 11077-2739-44 from the National Park Service, Charlestown (Boston) Navy Yard)
West Chester, Pa.
|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. 1944||Lcdr. George Elliott Marix, USN (Comm. CO) (Los Angeles, Cal.)|
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