Grissom, Devere Ray, Jr., SA

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Seaman Apprentice
Last Primary NEC
SN-0000-Seaman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman
Primary Unit
1969-1969, SN-0000, COMCRUDESPAC
Service Years
1968 - 1969
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
SN-Seaman

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Covina

Date of Passing
Jun 03, 1969
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Golden Dragon Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club


 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesBlue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans AssociationNational Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors)Veterans of the Vietnam War
  1961, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1969, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association [Verified]
  1969, National Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1969, Veterans of the Vietnam War [Verified]


 Additional Information
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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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1968, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CAUSS Frank E. Evans (DD-754)COMSEVENTHFLTCommander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
COMCRUDESPAC
  1968-1968, SN-0000, RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA
  1969-1969, USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754)
  1969-1969, COMSEVENTHFLT
  1969-1969, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1969-1969, SN-0000, COMCRUDESPAC
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1964-1973 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1969-1969 USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754) collision with HMAS Melbourne
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