Gardner, Melvin Hollman, Jr., ST3
Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Last Primary Designator/NEC
STG-0000-Sonar Technician Surface
Last Rating/NEC Group
Sonar Technician
Last Duty Station
1969-1969, SOG-0000, COMCRUDESPAC
Service Years
1966 - 1969
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
ST-Sonar Technician

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
1944
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Southern Pines
Last Address
Southern Pines, NC

Date of Passing
Jun 03, 1969
 
Location of Interment
Mount Hope Cemetery - Southern Pines, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not on Wall

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Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club


 Military Association Memberships
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Last Known Activity
 

 


On 3 June 1969, while operating with the Royal Australian Navy between Saigon and Spratly Island, Evans was operating in company with the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne. At flying stations, Melbourne signalled 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, 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 Evans's captain was asleep. The officer of the deck (a junior officer who was not qualified to stand watch, having failed at his previous board) failed to notify him when he executed the station change as required by the Commanding Officer's standing orders. Evans was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 July 1969. The stern section was sunk as a target in Subic Bay on 10 October 1969
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Other Comments:
To the memory of all sailors who ever served aboard the Destroyer USS Frank E. Evans DD - 754. A special commemeration to the Crew who sailed with her on that fateful morning, June 3, 1969 when USS Frank E. Evans DD-754 collided with the Australian Aircraft Carrier HMAS Melbourne (R21) and was cut in half. The forward section of USS Frank E. Evans DD-754 sank in 1100 fathoms of water within two minutes. Seventy-four lives were lost. USS Frank E. Evans DD-754 was struck from the Navy Register in 1969. May we never forget the ship, The men who proudly sailed with her, And those who paid the ultimate price in service Aboard USS Frank E. Evans DD-754.
   
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  1969-1969, ST-0401, CINCPACFLT/ COMPACFLT

ST-Sonar Technician

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Rank
Petty Officer Third Class (E-4) (1866-Present)

Designator/NEC
ST-0401-AN/SQQ-30 Mine Classifying/Detecting Set Maintenance Technician

Location
Not Specified

Country/State
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Strength
Fleet

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Last Updated: Feb 15, 2009
   
   
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Hess, Edward Phillip, CPO, (1960-1969) EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer (E-7)
Kimble, James, CPO, (1969-1990) GM GM-0876 Chief Petty Officer (E-7)
Noble, Terry, MCPO, (1960-1991) CT CT-9124 Chief Petty Officer (E-7)
Schneider, Donald, CPO, (1951-1971) IS IS-0000 Chief Petty Officer (E-7)
Sutton, Roldon, CPO, (1966-1972) YN YN-0000 Chief Petty Officer (E-7)
Beauchemin, Lawrence, PO1, (1954-1974) AG AG-7412 Petty Officer First Class (E-6)
BENNER, David, MCPO, (1962-1992) YN YN-2505 Petty Officer First Class (E-6)
Edwards, John, PO1, (1958-1973) YN YN-2505 Petty Officer First Class (E-6)
McComas, Kenneth, PO1, (1957-1977) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer First Class (E-6)
Snider, Terry, MCPO, (1960-1989) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer First Class (E-6)
Batten, Phillip, LCDR, (1966-1989) YN CYN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
Bloodworth, A.F., CPO, (1964-1989) DM DM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
Burke, Michael, PO2, (1964-1971) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
Engdahl, James, PO2, (1968-1972) DP DP-0000 Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
Melton, David, CPO, (1962-1985) RM RM-2318 Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
Tucker, Harold, PO2, (1962-1969) RM RM-2303 Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
Warthen, Carole, PO2, (1962-1969) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
Asbeck, Gregory Joseph, PO3, (1967-1970) AD AD-0000 Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Athanasiou, Ronald S., PO3, (1968-1970) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Jurkowski, Michael, PO3, (1967-1973) CTO CTO-0000 Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Singler, Delbert Leo, PO3, (1966-1969) QM QM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Sturdevant, Darrell, SCPO, (1968-1992) YN CYN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Zinn, Robert, PO3, (1967-1970) QM QM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Gerle, Carla, PO2, (1969-1975) DP DP-0000 Seaman 1st Class (E-3)
HYLAND, John, ADM, (1934-1971) OFF 000X Admiral
Gillespie, Jr., Charles Rodgers, CAPT, (1951-1986) OFF 131X Captain
Fitzgerald, Maurice D., CAPT, (1954-1986) OFF 131X Commander
Hill, Daniel, LCDR, (1969-1994) OFF 152X Lieutenant Commander
Ross, Albert, CAPT, (1957-1996) OFF 644X Ensign
Steffens, Bobby, CWO3, (1961-1981) CT CT-9124 Chief Warrant Officer 3
King, Willie Lee, CPO, (1956-1969) Chief Petty Officer (E-7)
Abel, Jesse, SCPO, (1958-1987) Petty Officer First Class (E-6)
Clay, Charles Albert, PO1, (1951-1975) Petty Officer First Class (E-6)
Knutson, Glenn, SCPO, (1955-1985) Petty Officer First Class (E-6)
LaLiberte, George Joseph, PO1, (1960-1969) Petty Officer First Class (E-6)
Fuchsel, Chuck, SCPO, (1965-1994) QM Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
Lebrun, Ray Patrick, PO2, (1964-1969) Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
Orpurt, Linden Russell, PO2, (1965-1969) Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
Preston, Earl Frederick, PO2, (1964-1969) Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
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Rikal, Victor Thomas, PO2, (1965-1969) Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
Spray, John Raymond, PO2, (1966-1969) Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
Thibodeau, Ronald Authur, PO2, (1964-1969) Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
Espinosa, Steven Frank, PO3, (1966-1969) Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Glennon, Patrick Gene, PO3, (1965-1969) Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Henderson, Terry Lee, PO3, (1967-1969) Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Hodgson, Garry Bradbury, PO3, (1966-1969) Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Messier, Frederick Conrad, PO3, (1965-1969) Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Reilly, Lawrence John, PO3, (1966-1969) Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Thomas, Jon Wayne, PO3, (1967-1969) Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Vigue, Gary Joseph, PO3, (1966-1969) Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Warnock, Con Wesley, PO3, (1967-1969) Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Fields, William Donald, SN, (1968-1969) Seaman (E-3)
Garcia, Francis Joesph, SN, (1963-1969) Seaman (E-3)
Glines, Kenneth Wayne, SN, (1967-1969) Seaman (E-3)
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