From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships


George Raymond Eisele, born 15 May 1923 in Gillette, Wyo., enlisted in the Naval Reserve 4 February 1942. Seaman Second Class Eisele was killed in action on board San Francisco (CA-38) 12 November 1942 during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal when a flaming Japanese torpedo plane crashed into his gunnery station. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for courageously remaining at his post to fire on the plane as it fell toward him.

The name Eisele was assigned to DE-75 on 27 May 1943, and canceled and reassigned to DE-34 on 22 June 1943. DE-75 was transferred to the United Kingdom on 17 October 1943 and served in the Royal Navy as HMS Bickerton until lost.


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