John Roy Eaves Jr. served on the U.S.S. YMS – 472. He is memorialized at Honolulu. He died on 16 September 1945.
The USS YMS 472, was sunk in a typhoon in the Pacific. At 2040 YMS 434 reported that he could not contact YMS 472. His last radio contact was between 1600 and 1700. The last know position of UMS 472 at approximately 1530, 16 September – bearing 085 (T) from Northern tip of Okinawa, distance 12 Miles.
At 1935 the position and condition of YMS 98 and YMS 472 was reported to Commander Mine Squadron 4 (SOPA Unten Ko). It was requested that a tug be sent to their assistance, but the wind and sea at this time prevented such action from being taken.
17 September: YMS 98 and YMS 472 not reported in. SOPA Unten Ko (Commander mine Squadron 4) and Commander Task Force 52 were informed of missing ship and plans were made to send YMS 147, 283, 394, 434 on search.