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John T. Eversole

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John Thomas Eversole
Born(1915-04-17)April 17, 1915
Pocatello, Idaho
DiedJune 4, 1942(1942-06-04) (aged 27)
near Midway Atoll
AllegianceUnited States of America
RankLieutenant (junior grade)
UnitTorpedo Squadron 6 (VT-6)
Battles/warsWorld War II
*Battle of Midway
AwardsNavy Cross (posthumous)

John Thomas Eversole, born 17 April 1915 in Pocatello, Idaho, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1938, and after duty at sea received aviation training. On 7 May 1941, Eversole joined Torpedo Squadron 6 (VT-6) in USS 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 4 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.

On the 18th of February, 1942, Ebersole had to ditch his TBD Devastator torpedo bomber sixty miles from the Enterprise, after he became disoriented and ran out of fuel.[1] He was successfully picked up by one of his Task Forces destroyers the next day.


The destroyer escort USS Eversole (DE-404) was the first ship named in his honor. She was sunk during The Battle of Leyte Gulf on March 21, 1944. In 1946 a second ship, the destroyer USS Eversole (DD-789) was named in his honor.

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic World War II : Chester Thomas O'Brien, World War II, Edwin Alfred Howard, Joseph Edward Connolly, Alex Penkala, George Francis Grady, William Frank Seiverling Jr.
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  1. Barrett Tillman (2012). TBD Devastator Units of the US Navy. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781782007203. Unknown parameter |illustrator= ignored (help) Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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