WW II painting oil on canvas of the Destroyer USS Eversole De 404. The painting is in great vintage condition with age grime and some scratches on the frame. There is a metal plaque on the bottom of the frame which bears the artists name as well as the ships. Signed LE Stuart and dated 1944. Wonderful historical war item.Painting measures 34"L by 24" wide with 2.5"frame depth. Information The first Eversole ( DE-404 ) was launched 3 December 1943 by Brown Shipbuilding Co. Houston, Texas sponsored by Mrs. Sarah R. Eversole, mother of Lieutenant (junior grade) Eversole; and commissioned 21 March 1944, Lieutenant Commander G. E. Marix in command. Eversole sailed from Boston 20 May 1944 for Pearl Harbor, arriving 19 June. After training with submarines in the Hawaiian Islands, she made an escort voyage to Eniwetok, then sailed to Eniwetok and Manus on escort duty. She returned to Eniwetok for antisubmarine patrols until 9 August, when she put to sea screening carriers for the attack on Morotai. She continued this duty, serving with the escort carriers in the initial assaults in Leyte Gulf 20 October. 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 made contact by sonar with a submarine, and only half a minute later 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 survivor's flashlights attracted two other destroyer 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. Eversole received two battle stars for World War II service..
Item ID: 107-53
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