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USS FRANK E. EVANS (DD-754)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NTKB

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - ASSAULT

CLASS - ALLEN M. SUMNER As Built.
Displacement 3218 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 2" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Staten Island NY April 21 1944.
Launched October 3 1944 and commissioned February 3 1945.
Decommissioned July 7 1947 and recommissioned May 11 1949.
Decommissioned Dec 14 1949 and recommissioned September 15 1950.
Completed FRAM upgrade October 1961.
Decommissioned and Stricken July 1 1969.
Fate Cut in half in collision with HMAS Melbourne off Luzon June 3 1969.
Bow section sank at 08 59.2N and 110 47.7E and stern section was sunk as a target off Luzon October 10 1969.
74 of her crew were lost and remain on duty.

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Evans 87kBrigadier General Frank E. Evans, U.S. Marine Corps was born 19 November 1876 in Franklin, Pennsylvania. He was an infantryman in the Spanish-American War and was commissioned in the Marine Corps 15 February, 1900. He served in the Philippines with the First Marine Brigade and had various duties in the United States before America's entry into World War I. He sailed for France with the Sixth Regiment of Marines, earning the Navy Cross and other awards for distinction of his service with the American Expeditionary Force. His post war career included duty in Haiti where from 1927 to 1930 he commanded the Constabulary Detachment and was Chief of the Gender merle d'Haiti. Brigadier General Evans was also District Marine Officer of several Naval Districts. He retired 1 December 1940 and died at his home in Honolulu, 25 November 1941. Digital ID: ggbain 24610, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Evans 95kArtist's conception of the Evans as she appeared after the early 1950's conversion by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Evans 97kArtist's conception of the Evans as she appeared after FRAM II overhaul by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Evans 257kUndated, location unknown.-
Evans 32kUndated, location unknown.-
Evans 64kUndated, location unknown. USS Evans (DD-754), USS Mullany (DD-528) and USS Mansfield (DD-728).Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Evans 78kCirca 1944, during construction.Pieter Bakels
Evans 216kA series of images of the Evans from February 1945 during construction, the after torpedo tube battery.Ed Zajkowski
Evans 185kAs above, main deck and the "K" gun rack.Ed Zajkowski
Evans 180kAs above, the bridge.Ed Zajkowski
Evans 145kAs above, air ejector in after engine room (B-4).Ed Zajkowski
Evans 144kAs above, looking straight down into starboard shaft alley, diesel oil purifier, shaft, spare spring bearings on shelf.Ed Zajkowski
Evans 131kAs above, bosun locker, anchor windlass/capstan motor and hawse pipes.Ed Zajkowski
Evans 118kAs above, forward diesel compartment, engine end.Ed Zajkowski
Evans 168kAs above, forward diesel, engine starting panel, batteries.Ed Zajkowski
Evans 127kAs above, the galley.Ed Zajkowski
Evans 166kAs above, the wardroom.Ed Zajkowski
Evans 172kAs above, the bridge.Ed Zajkowski
Evans 100kAs above, the after Crew's head.Ed Zajkowski
Evans 186kAs above, the sonar dome.Ed Zajkowski
Evans 145kAs above, shaft stuffing box.Ed Zajkowski
Evans 159kAs above, rudders, shafts and propellors.Ed Zajkowski
Evans 188kFebruary 3 1945, Commissioning Day.Ed Zajkowski
Evans 192k1945, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Evans 183k1945, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Evans 57kUSS Frank E. Evans, 29 November 1945, on the Whang-Poo River in Shanghai, China.Paul Hanson
Evans 52kUndated but same time frame and location as the above photo.Paul Hanson
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Change of Command ceremony at Mare Island Reserve Fleet on May 15, 1946. The three large ships on the right in two of the photos are the sub tenders USS Pelias (AS-14), USS Euryale (AS-22) and USS Griffin (AS-13).
Darryl Baker
Evans 172kOff the Golden Gate Bridge on June 15 1949.Tommy Trampp
Evans 176kAt Hobart, Australia on July 2 1958.Chris Howell
Evans
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129kPainting of the USS Frank E. Evans circa 1962 escorting the USS Shangri La (CVA-38) by Wayne Scarpaci of Art by Wayne.Wayne Scarpaci
Evans 140kLeft to right: USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754); an unidentified auxiliary, possibly USS Castor (AKS-1); and USS Kearsarge (CVS-33). Circa 1964–68.Ray 'Dutchy' Brauer, RAN
Evans 159kThe last known photo of the Evans before her collision, preparing to 'RAS' [replenish at sea], taken from the flight deck of 'Melbourne' on June 2 1969.Ray 'Dutchy' Brauer, RAN
Evans 85kUSS Frank E. Evans's stern section tied up alongside USS Everett F. Larsson (DD-830), after she was cut in two in a collision with the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne. The ships were participating in Southeast Asia Treaty Organisation exercises in the South China Sea when the collision occurred, 2 June 1969. Photographed by PH2 J.C.Borovoy, USN (Photo No NH 98659).Robert Hurst
Evans 123kSH-3 Sea King helicopters from USS Kearsage (CVS-33) join rescue operations over the stern section of the USS Frank E.Evans (DD-754), as USS Everett F.Larsson (DD-830) stands ready to offer assistance (at right). A RAN frigate is also present (Photo No NH 98649).Robert Hurst
Evans 105kThis and the next two photos are to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of her tragic loss and to pay a modest but sincere tribute to the 74 Sailors who lost their lives.Fabio Peña
Evans 49kThis photo shows the stern section of Evans secured alongside USS Everett F. Larson (DD 830).Fabio Peña
Evans 85kCrew mustering on fantail June 3 1969.Ron Reeves
Evans 67kOn June 3 1969, while operating with the Royal Australian Navy off Luzon, USS Frank E. Evans was operating in company with the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne. At flying stations, Melbourne signaled Evans, which was to port of the carrier, to take up the rescue destroyer position. The logical movement would be to make a turn to port and describe a circle taking up station on the carrier's port quarter. Inexplicably, instead of turning to port, USS Frank E Evans turned to starboard, cutting across Melbourne's bow and was cut in half in the ensuing collision. Her bow section sank instantly, taking 74 of her crew down with it. At the time of the collision USS Frank E. Evans's captain was asleep and the ship was under command of a junior officer who was not qualified to stand watch, having failed at his previous board. As a memorial to her lost crew the USN sank the stern section as a target in Subic Bay October 10 1969.Ron Reeves/Bill Gonyo
Evans 115kUSS Frank E. Evans alongside ATF 92 after collision June 4 1969.Ron Reeves
Evans 50kJune 11 1969, showing the stern section of Evans dry-docked at Subic Bay. Photo by PHCM E. W. Henslee, NPC 1140288.Fabio Peña/Ed Zajkowski
Evans 179kAnother view of the damage to the Evans. Photo by PH2 J. C. Borovoy, NPC 1140262.Ed Zajkowski
Evans 100kConvening of the Court of Inquiry after the collision.Tommy Trampp
Evans 66kEvans prior to her use for target practice, Subic Bay, September 1969.Ron Reeves
Evans 50kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
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USS FRANK E. EVANS DD-754 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Harry Smith    Feb 3 1945 - Nov 16 1945 (Later RADM)
CDR Frank Dewey Schwartz    Nov 16 1945 - May 15 1946 (Later RADM)
LT Elmer Ozberger Jr.    May 15 1946 - Jul 12 1946
LCDR Means Johnston Jr.    Jul 12 1946 - Oct 3 1946 (Later ADM)
LCDR Edward Tillman Sullivan    Oct 3 1946 - Feb 10 1947
LT John William Meyer    Feb 10 1947 - Jul 7 1947
(Decommissioned Jul 7 1947 - May 11 1949)
CDR William Carl Meyer    May 11 1949 - Dec 14 1949
Decommissioned Dec 14 1949 - Sep 15 1950)
CDR Gerald Louis Christie    Sep 15 1950 - Mar 12 1952
CDR Nelson Denman Salmon    Mar 12 1952 - Feb 17 1954
CDR John Dawson Chase    Feb 17 1954 - Apr 23 1956 (Later RADM)
CDR Joseph Nicholson Behan Jr.    Apr 23 1956 - Apr 26 1958
CDR Ralph Gregory Johns Jr.    Apr 26 1958 - Sep 4 1959
CDR Harold Huntington Ellison    Sep 4 1959 - May 20 1961
CDR Joseph Eugene Feaster    May 20 1961 - Oct 30 1962
CDR Nelson Wendel Sanders    Oct 30 1962 - Oct 23 1964
CDR James Brent Allen    Oct 23 1964 - May 16 1966
CDR Carl Thor Hanson    May 16 1966 - Mar 26 1968 (Later VADM)
CDR Albert Sydney McLemore    Mar 26 1968 - Jul 1 1969

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: USS Frank E. Evans Association, Inc.
Address: P.O. Box 164, Granbury, TX 76048-0164
Phone: (817) 326-4644
E-mail: president@ussfee.org


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Frank E. Evans Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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