USS Frank E. Evans

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In the early morning hours of June 3, 1969, during Operation Sea Spirit, the USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754) cut across the bow of the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne and was cut in two. Seventy four officers and enlisted lost their lives when the bow section sank in less than four minutes. HS-6 Indian Gals provided SAR and Medivac.

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Russ Morris' account - complete with pictures

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Rudy Cartwright's account

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Ken Burns' account

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Roger Wharton's account

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More pictures

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Videos taken during Evans rescue operations - mostly by PacFltCombatCameraGroup

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Citations from ComSeventhFleet and ComASWGru1 for SAR efforts

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30th Anniversary newspaper account

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Navy Times article 29 April 2002

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Letter to Navy Times 13 May 2002

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USS Evans Memorial article 9 September 2006

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Navy Times article 9 October 2006

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Secretary of the Navy signs off on adding those lost when the Evans was sunk to the Viet Nam Memorial Wall - 19 June 2015

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Obituary of Vice Admiral Jerome H. King, USN (Retired) who was the senior member of the joint US-Australian board of inquiry into the collision.

Updated:07/20/15