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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
SA Stephen Fagan USN
SA William Fields USN
SA Alan Flummer USN
SA Henry Frye USN
SD Francis Garcia USN
STG3 Melvin Gardner USN
SA Donald Gearhart USN
S Patrick Glennon USN
S Kenneth Glines USN
SA Joe Gonzales USN
STG3 Larry Gracely USN
SA Devere Grissom USN
S Steven Guyer USN
RD3 Terry Henderson USN
EMC Edward Hess USN
RD2 Garry Hodgson USN
SA James Kerr USN
BM1 Willie King USN
RD1 George Laliberte USN
RM2 Ray LeBrun USN