USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754) - 45th Anniversary Of Sinking - 74 U.S. Sailors Lost!

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  1. Robin Hickman

    Robin Hickman Well-Known Member

    45 years ago today, on June 3rd, 1969, the U.S. Navy Destroyer, USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754) was accidentally rammed and cut in half by the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Canberra while on a SEATO (South East Asia Treaty Organization) combined naval training exercise off the coast of Vietnam.

    While the stern section of the USS Frank E. Evans remained afloat, the bow section of the Evans sank almost immediately. 74 American Sailors lost their lives in the collision.

    Here at our house on Donovan Drive, we are honoring the service of the 74 American Sailors who were lost and honoring their sacrifices while in service to their country during the Vietnam War by flying a selection of Flags at Half-Staff. We are also showing a U.S. Navy Flag and the "Spirit Of America" Flag hanging in front of our garage door.

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    BTW: NONE of the 74 Sailors who died have had their names included on the Vietnam War Memorial (AKA: "The Wall").

    We wish the souls of those who were lost and the survivors, and all their family members, "Fair Winds & Following Seas".

    Here is a link to a story published in the Long Beach, California "Press-Telegram" on June 1st, 2014 :
    45 years later, names of 74 who died on the USS Frank E. Evans may finally be memorialized on Vietnam Wall

    Posted By : Robin Hickman
    U.S. Navy Veteran - USS Orleck (DD-886)
    Vietnam War Veteran (1970-74)
    Eugene, Oregon, USA.
  2. csaanv

    csaanv Member

    Thank you for posting this Robin. I vaguely remember this tragedy. They need to be remember.

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