Sauvey, John Allan, SA Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Seaman Apprentice
Last Duty Station
1969-1969, CINCPACFLT/ COMPACFLT
Service Years
1969 - 1969

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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
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Home Town
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Last Address
Marblehead

Casualty Date
Jun 03, 1969
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Other Accident
Location
South China Sea
Conflict
Cold War Era (1945-1991)*
Location of Interment
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USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754)COMSEVENTHFLTCINCPACFLT/ COMPACFLT
  1969-1969, USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754)
  1969-1969, COMSEVENTHFLT
  1969-1969, CINCPACFLT/ COMPACFLT
 Recruit Training - Trainee/Instructor
  1969, Training Unit Unknown, E-1-2/1ST
 Combat and Operations History
  1964-1975 Yankee Station
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Last Known Activity


USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754), an Allen M. Sumner class destroyer, was named in honor of Frank Evans, a leader of the American Expeditionary Force in France during World War I. She served in late World War II and the Korean War, and Vietnam War before being cut in half in a collision with the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne in 1969.

USS Frank E. Evans
USS Frank E. Evans

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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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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