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Petition to the Secretary of the Navy to add the lost 74 crewmembers from the USS Frank E. Evans DD754 to the Vietnam Memorial Wall (Click to Download Petition)

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Unsinkable Sailors  by Paul Sherbo
The fall and rise of the  last crew of the USS Frank E. Evans
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 Unsinkable Sailors: The fall and rise of the crews of the USS Frank E. Evans, is a non-fiction book to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the June 3, 1969 sinking of the USS Frank E. Evans, written by Lakewood, Colorado author Paul Sherbo.  Using official documents and survivor interviews the author has compiled in book form the first comprehensive American version of the tragic 1969 collision at sea in which the USS Frank E. Evans (DD-745), a United States Navy destroyer, was struck by the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne.   The author describes in detail the actions leading up to, during and after the catastrophic incident as told by survivors and witnesses from both ships involved. 

Operating as part of a combined force with the Royal Australian Navy and other allied naval ships, the Evans executed a starboard turn into the path of Melbourne at 0315 a.m. on June 3, 1969 and was cut in half by the heavier and larger war ship.  Evans’ broken off bow section sank almost immediately taking 73 unfortunate crewmembers with it.  Only one body was recovered in the aftermath of the collision, bringing the total lost to 74.  Out of the 273 crewmembers on board, 199 survived.  Five crewmembers assigned to the Evans were not aboard at the time of the collision.

The stern section, although severely damaged, remained afloat.

Throughout the book, the courage and heroic spirit of both ships' crews add a genuine admiration for their bravery despite their confusion in the sudden turn of events.  Those sleeping in the after half of the ship rushed forward to their battle stations, some "running out of ship" in total darkness and into the water.  Sailors in the doomed bow Evans woke to a ship rolling out of control, tons of seawater plunging in.  Few escaped.

Unsinkable Sailors by Paul Sherbo

Unsinkable Sailors by Paul Sherbo

Capt. Paul Sherbo USNR (Ret.)
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Author Paul Sherbo, CAPT USNR (Ret.), was commissioned into the United States Navy from the ROTC program at the University of Kansas and qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer.  He served six years active duty in the Navy, including service in Iraq assigned as the Navy’s Fifth Fleet representative to Coalition Forces in Baghdad.  Before retiring as a Navy Reserve captain, he commanded several Navy Reserve units.  He is a former newspaperman, was recently elected Chairman of the Denver Federal Executive Board, and is a member of the Navy Reserve Association, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the Military Officers Association of America.  



The link below is to a short video with film footage and photographs of the USS Frank E. Evans at the time of the collision.  This is neither an endorsement nor a critique of the video, but anyone interested in the collision may find it interesting.  Note the footage of a bow going down - it appears to have been shot in daylight, and since the Evans' bow sank before 3:30 a.m., we're unsure what that footage is.   Note, you will be routed to a different web page. 
Click here for Video

Almost Aboard the USS Monitor.
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Mariners' Museum-Newport News, VA Photo By R. B. Gardner

Here I am aboard the USS Monitor.  Actually, a life-size mockup of the Monitor right outside the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia.  Inside, the musuem is restoring the recovered turret of the civil war ironclad, which was lost in a storm shorlty after the famous Monitor-Merrimac battle.  And to those of you who know me - no, I was NOT on the Monitor's  pre-commissiong crew.

Soviet Foxtrot B-39, San Diego Sept 2010
Message to Marx, Lenin, Stalin and the rest:  We won.
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Message to Marx, Lenin, Stalin and the rest:  We won.