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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
HMC Charles Cannington USN
STG3 Melvin Gardner USN
SA Timothy Miller USN
BTFN Robert Searle USN
RD3 Christopher Carlson USN
SA Donald Gearhart USN
ENS John Norton USN
BTFA Gerald Smith USN
ENS Robert Brandon USN
SA Henry Frye USN
ENS Gregory Ogawa USN
SR Thurston Smith USN
SR Melvin Brown USN
SD Francis Garcia USN
S James Cmeyla USN
STG2 John Spray USN
BT2 William Brown USN
ENS Alan Armstrong USN
SA Michael Orlikowski USN
ENS Jon Stever USN