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Torpedoed off Leyte in the Phillipines - 77 members of her crew
were lost with the ship and remain on eternal duty

USS Eversole (DE 404)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - G - Z
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.
  • 03 December 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Sarah R. Eversole, mother of Lieutenant (junior grade) Eversole
  • 21 March 1944: Commissioned at the Tennessee Coal & Iron Dock by Adm. P. W. Foote, USN (ret.), Lcdr G. E. Marix in command
  • 24 - 25 March 1944: Loaded ammunition at the San Jacinto Ordnance Depot (in the Houston Ship Channel, 15 mi. south of Houston)
  • 27 - 31 March 1944: At Todd Drydock Co., Galveston, Tex. for post-commissioning repairs
  • 07 April - 10 May 1944: Post-commissioning shakedown cruise to Great Sound, Bermuda, B.W.I.
  • 12 - 20 May 1944: At Boston Navy Yard for post-commissioning yard availability
  • 22 May 1944: Arrived in Norfolk, Va. at 09:00, departed for Colon, Panama at 15:00 in company with Dennis (DE 405) and Arlington (AP 174)
  • 28 May 1944: Arrived in Colon, Panama; fueled and provisioned
  • 29 May 1944: Departed Colon at 06:00 for Panama Canal transit, arrived in Balboa, Panama at 13:30; departed for San Diego at 06:00 the following morning
  • 07 - 13 June 1944: At U.S. Naval Repair Base, San Diego, Cal.
  • 20 - 26 June 1944: At U.S. Naval Base, Pearl Harbor, Hi. for training exercises before departing for Eniwetok, the Marshall Islands, and the Pacific War
  • 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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    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.

    Assoc. Researcher
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    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)

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    Larry Carr


    John Chiquoine
    West Chester, Pa.

    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.)

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