Cmelya, James Richard, YN3

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
YN-0000-Yeoman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Yeoman
Primary Unit
1968-1968, USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754)
Service Years
1966 - 1969
YN-Yeoman

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Home State
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Year of Birth
1944
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Stevens Point, WI
Last Address
Stevens Point, WI

Date of Passing
Jun 03, 1969
 
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea - N/A, Pacific Ocean
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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In the Line of DutyUnited States Navy Memorial
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  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page


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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754)
  1968-1968, USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1964-1973 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
  1963-1966, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Memorial Headstone at Saint Mary's Cemetery Luxemburg, WI
  Obituary
  Jun 23, 2017, General Photos1
 Additional Information
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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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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