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|70k||Ernest Edwin Evans was born on 13 August 1908 at Pawnee, Oklahoma and graduated from Central HS in Muskogee before enlisting in the US Navy on 29 May 1926. He was appointed
to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1927, graduating with the class of 1931. He served in USS Colorado, USS Roper, USS Rathburne, USS Pensacola,
USS Chaumont, USS Cahokia, and USS Blackhawk. During World War II, he commanded USS Alden (DD 211) and USS Johnston (DD 557).
Johnston and her crew in an attack on a greatly superior Japanese battleship and cruiser force. In this action, which materially contributed to the defeat of the Japanese counter-offensive against the Leyte invasion, Commander Evans and his ship were lost. Ernest E. Evans was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his role in the Battle off Samar.
USS Evans (DE 1023) (1957-1973) was the first ship named in his honor.
(U.S. Navy photo #NH 63499 from the Naval History and Heritage Command showing Lcdr. Evans at the commissioning ceremony for USS Johnston)
|177k||undated: A nice shot of Evans in San Diego Bay.|
|69k||1957: San Diego - shortly after commissioning.
(These three photos ©Morper Pictures, San Diego, Cal.)
|159k||September 1957: San Francisco Bay
(© Allied Photographers, San Francisco, Cal.)
|Robert M. Cieri|
|34k||circa 1959 - 1960: USS Lewis (DE 535), USS Currier (DE 700), Evans, and USS Wiseman (DE 667)||-|
|146k||April 1960: at Yokosuka, Japan - Tied up in company with USS Philip (DD 498), USS
Renshaw (DD 499), and USS Epperson
(DD 719) alongside.
(Photo taken by Dr. Samuelson)
|Dr. Erv Samuelson|
Lt., MC, USN
USS Wexford County
|89k||04 March 1961: San Diego, Cal. - "Enemy Sub Killers" Nestled alongside USS Kearsarge (CVS 33)
at San Diego, are three modern destroyer escorts and three destroyers of the ComCruDesPac force. The carrier and her group of 'greyhounds' make up a Navy Hunter-Killer Group now operating in the
Pacific. Included are (outboard in) USS Bridget (DE 1024), Evans, USS
Hooper (DE 1026) all of CortRon Three; USS
Lofberg (DD 759), USS Taussig (DD 746) and USS
John A. Bole (DD 755), all of DesDiv 72."
(Official U.S. Navy Photograph from the Hoyt "Bud" Colburn Collection)
|Carol Edgemon Hipperson|
|279k||1962: Ship portrait taken by a ComCruDesPac photographer off San Diego prior to the yard period mentioned in the photo below.|
(Official U.S. Navy Photograph from the collection of Pearl Harbor Survivor, Hoyt "Bud" Colburn, who was a Chief Yeoman when he served in Evans.)
NOTE: Carol is the author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor & World War II in the Pacific (Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martins Press, 2008); ISBN-10 031238694X and ISBN-13 978-0312386948. Check on www.carolhipperson.com for availability.
|119k||1962: Ship portrait taken off Point Loma, shortly after leaving the Long Beach Naval Shipyard. While in the shipyard the after 3" gun mount was removed and the DASH helicopter deck was added without a DASH Hanger.||Dick Adams|
DE 1023 (1962-1963)
|156k||1962: San Diego - Evans returning to port. Sometime between now and the 1966 photos below, she'll have been back in the yards to have a DASH hangar constructed aft of her stack.||Navsource|
|97k||20 August 1962: San Diego, Cal. - USS Prairie (AD 15) moored aff San Diego. Alongside are Evans, USS
Richard B. Anderson (DD 786), USS Agerholm
(DD 826) and USS Shields (DD 596).
(Official U.S. Navy Photograph from the USS Prairie 1962-1963 Cruise Book)
England, United Kingdom
|252k||1966: Subic Bay, Philippine Islands - Moored to USS Piedmont (AD 17), in a nest with USS Hooper (DE 1026), USS Jenkins (DD 447), and USS Samuel N. Moore (DD7 47), all to starboard.||Lee Noland|
|103k||July 1966: Subic Bay, Philippine Islands - Nested with USS Stickell (DD 888) and USS
Haverfield (DER 393) alongside USS Klondike (AR 22)
(Photo © Richard Leonhardt)
|137k||1967: Western Pacific - DASH operations in the Pacific.||Darryl Baker|
PNCM, USNR (ret.)
Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
|138k||1967: Western Pacific - Typhoon damage to forward gun tub aboard Evans. The ship was in Yokosuka when this photo was taken. The ship lost this gun tub again off the coast of Oregon in 1968 on her way to Seattle.|
|413k||24 January 1970: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Evans (DE 1023) moored at Vancouver.
(Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-4164 from the City of Vancouver Archives)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|48k||1970: in the Pacific Northwest when she was in reserve status.||-|
|110k||1972: Seattle, Wash. - Attached is a scan of a picture that I took of USS Evans tied up in Seattle at Pier 90/91. I was alongside with HMCS Port de la Reine at the time for a weekend port visit and thought that the Evans was a very pretty ship.||Michael Harvey|
Darryl L. Baker
|Sailor of the
Darryl L. Baker
|Viet Nam Cruise
|View the USS Evans (DE 1023) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Evans' Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 14 Jun. 1957 - 10 Jul. 1959||Lcdr. Howard F. Wiley|
|2.) 10 Jul. 1959 - 27 Sep. 1960||Lcdr. Edward Lull Cochrane Jr. (USNA '45) (Philadelphia, Pa.)|
|3.) 27 Sep. 1960 - 10 May 1962||Cdr. John Daniel Owens|
|4.) 10 May 1962 - 05 Jun. 1963||Lcdr. John J. Shanahan Jr. (prior enl. / V-12 '46) (Buffalo, N..Y.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|5.) 05 Jun. 1963 - 13 Mar. 1965||Cdr. Lyle Oliver Armel II (USNA '45) (Philadelphia, Pa.)|
|6.) 13 Mar. 1965 - 11 Apr. 1966||Lcdr. Roy Frederick Stalder Jr. (OCS '51) (Omaha, Nebr.)|
|7.) 11 Apr. 1966 - 11 Jan. 1968||Lcdr. Richard Finlay Donnelly (NROTC '54) (Toronto, Can.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|8.) 11 Jan. 1968 - 26 Jun. 1969||Lcdr. Donald George Loos|
|9.) 26 Jun. 1969 - 20 Aug. 1971||Lcdr. James J. Roberts|
|10.) 20 Aug. 1971 - 20 Jan. 1973||Lcdr. Everett Jackson Dennis (OCS) (Montgomery, Ala.)|
|11.) 20 Jan. 1973 - 03 Dec. 1973||Lcdr. Gerald Mahlon Higbee (Louisville, Ken.)|
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