Clawson, Michael Kale, SN

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Seaman
Last Primary NEC
SN-9700-Seaman - Infantry, Gun Crews, and Seamanship Specialists
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman
Primary Unit
1969-1969, USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754)
Service Years
1968 - 1969
SN-Seaman

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Home State
Montana
Montana
Year of Birth
1948
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
American Fork UT
Last Address
American Fork UT

Date of Passing
Jun 03, 1969
 
Location of Interment
Salt Lake City Cemetery - Salt Lake City, Utah
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Cenotaph

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 Duty Stations
USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754)
  1969-1969, USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1969 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1969-1969 USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754) collision with HMAS Melbourne
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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. 

At the time of the collision Mike was sleeping in 1st Division, forward of and one deck below the mess decks.

   
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In the Line of DutyUnited States Navy Memorial
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