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Frank E. Evans

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Tuesday, June 3, 1969
Collision with HMAS Melbourne
In the early morning hours of June 3, 1969, the Royal Australian Navy aircraft carrier, HMAS Melbourne, collided with the American destroyer USS Frank E. Evans. The ships were on manoeuvres in the South China Sea. The damage to the Melbourne was slight. The damage to the Evans was horrific. The forward third of the ship sank almost immediately - taking seventy-four young American sailors to a watery grave. Because of the heroic efforts of the Evans' crew, what remained of the good ship was saved. Men thrown into the water by the collision were rescued by member ships of the task force. The aft section of the Evans was taken to the Subic Bay naval base on Luzon in the Philippines.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 72

Namesort descending Service Branch
ENS Alan Armstrong USN
SA James Baker USN
S Thomas Box USN
ET3 James Bradley USN
ENS Robert Brandon USN
SR Melvin Brown USN
BT2 William Brown USN
HMC Charles Cannington USN
RD3 Christopher Carlson USN
S Michael Clawson USN
SA Danny Clute USN
S James Cmeyla USN
ET3 Larry Cool USN
SA Patrick Corcoran USN
S Joe Craig USN
ET James Davis USN
SA Leon Deal USN
SA James Dykes USN
SA Raymond Earley USN
GM3 Steven Espinosa USN