"IN EVERLASTING MEMORY"
INSCRIBED HERE ARE THE NAMES OF 525 MEN WHO DIED
WE WON'T FORGET
This beautiful monument, dedicated to the officers and men of USS HOEL (DD 533), USS JOHNSTON (DD 557), and USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (DE 413), is located at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Point Loma, San Diego, California. It was erected in 1995. All three vessels were lost while protecting the escort carriers of Taffy III on October 25, 1944.
A formal dedication ceremony by the survivors of USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS was held on October 25, 1995. The survivors of USS HOEL/JOHNSTON dedicated their portion of the monument on Friday, October 25, 1996.
These defending escorts lost 525 men, in a valiant effort to protect the ships of Task Unit 77.4.3.