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USS Evans (DE 1023)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - J - E - F
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Turning Point"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: National Defense Service Medal
Second Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 2 stars - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

(Bold Warrior, in Cherokee)
Class: Courtney
Type: SCB No. 72 / 1954 - 55
Number in Class: 10
Displacement: 1,314 tons (light), 1,877 tons (full)
Length: 308' (wl), 314' 6" (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 19' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Foster-Wheeler boilers; 1 De Laval geared turbine; 20,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 26 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Complement: 12 / 161
Guns: 4 - 3"/50 (76mm) Mk33 Guns (2x2)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk 108 ASW rocket launcher, 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos
Radars: AN/SPS-5 (surface), AN/SPS-6C (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-4
Fire Control Systems: Mk63 Gun FCS, Mk105 Underwater Battery FCS
Evans (DE 1023) Building and Operational Data:
  • 08 April 1955: Keel laid at the Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Co., Seattle, Wash.
  • 14 September 1955: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Hugh Hendrickson of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Commander Evans' sister
  • 14 June 1957: Commissioned, Lcdr. H. F. Wiley in command, assigned to San Diego, Cal. as a unit of Escort Squadron 3
  • 01 February 1968: CortRon 3 disestablished, transferred to DesRon 31 (CruDesFlot 9)
  • .. September 1968: Assigned to the Naval Reserve Force (NRF) as a unit of ResDesRon 27 at Seattle, Wash.
  • April 1971: Assignment changed to DesRon 37-NRF at Seattle, Wash.
  • 03 December 1973: Decommissioned after 15 years and 6⅔ months of service
  • 12 December 1973: Struck from the NVR
  • 16 August 1974: Sold for scrapping
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    70k Ernest Edwin Evans was born on 13 August 1908 at Pawnee, Oklahoma and graduated from Central H.S. in Muskogee before enlisting in the U.S. 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).

    During the Battle off Samar, on 25 October 1944, he led USS 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)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    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.)
    Bill Allen
    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
    (LST 1168)
    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 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. Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    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)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    302k 19 August 1963: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Evans (DE 1023) underway at sea.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH107513 by PH3 W.S. Frazeur from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    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)
    Richard Leonhardt
    Bethlehem, Pa.
    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.
    581k late 1960's: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Evans (DE 1023) underway at sea after receiving a helicopter deck in the early 1960s.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH91917 by PH3 W.S. Frazeur from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    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)
    Mike Green
    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
    Lt.(N) Retired
    Canadian Navy

    Evans' Memorabilia
    Courtesy of
    Darryl L. Baker
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Sailor of the
    Month Patch
    Courtesy of
    Darryl L. Baker
    Navy Times
    "Naval Heroes"
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    '50's Perma-Pic
    Ship's Lighter
    Courtesy of
    Tommy Trampp
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Viet Nam Cruise
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    Evans History
    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. 1959Lcdr. Howard F. Wiley
    2.)  10 Jul. 1959 - 27 Sep. 1960Lcdr. Edward Lull Cochrane Jr. (USNA '45) (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    3.)  27 Sep. 1960 - 10 May 1962Cdr. John Daniel Owens
    4.)  10 May 1962 - 05 Jun. 1963Lcdr. John J. Shanahan Jr. (prior enl. / V-12 '46) (Buffalo, N..Y.) (ret. as Radm.)
    5.)  05 Jun. 1963 - 13 Mar. 1965Cdr. Lyle Oliver Armel II (USNA '53) (Topeka, Kan. / Washington, D. C.)
    6.)  13 Mar. 1965 - 11 Apr. 1966Lcdr. Roy Frederick Stalder Jr. (OCS '51) (Omaha, Nebr.)
    7.)  11 Apr. 1966 - 11 Jan. 1968Lcdr. Richard Finlay Donnelly (NROTC '54) (Toronto, Can.) (ret. as Radm.)
    8.)  11 Jan. 1968 - 26 Jun. 1969Lcdr. Donald George Loos
    9.)  26 Jun. 1969 - 20 Aug. 1971Lcdr. James J. Roberts
    10.) 20 Aug. 1971 - 20 Jan. 1973Lcdr. Everett Jackson Dennis (OCS) (Montgomery, Ala.)
    11.) 20 Jan. 1973 - 03 Dec. 1973Lcdr. Gerald Mahlon Higbee (Louisville, Ken.)

    Crew Contact And Last Known Reunion Information

    2013 at San Diego, Cal. in conjunction with
    Escort Squadron (CortRon) 3 Association
    Reunion Organizer: Armed Forces Reunions, Inc.
    Phone: (757) 625-6401
    Association Contact Name: Stan Virden
    Phone: (H) 251-967-4287 or (C) 251-209-1984
    E-mail: Stan Virden
    Note About Contacts

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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    USS Evans Page on Military.Com
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Evans
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