Evans, James Joseph, CDR

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 131X, VA-215 Barn Owls
Service Years
1948 - 1965
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Cold War

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Valley Falls
Last Address
Valley Falls, KS

Casualty Date
Apr 02, 1965
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 100

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US Navy Honorable Discharge Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club

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The National Gold Star Family RegistryVietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial
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  2018, Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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Naval Aviator Wings

 Duty Stations
USS Hancock (CV/CVA-19)VA-215 Barn Owls
  1965-1965, 131X, USS Hancock (CV/CVA-19)
  1965-1965, 131X, VA-215 Barn Owls
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1962-1965 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (62-65)
  1964-1964 Deployment - Western Pacific (WESTPAC) Cruise '64
  1964-1965 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (65)
  1965-1965 Dixie Station, South Vietnam
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (65-66)
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US Navy Commander James Joseph Evans, Vietnam Veteran and native of Valley Falls, Kansas.
US Navy Commander James Joseph Evans, casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Navy, CDR Evans served our country until September 11th, 1974 in Laos. He was 44 years old and was married. James died when his plane crashed. His body was recovered. James was born on May 9th, 1930 in Valley Falls, Kansas. CDR Evans is on panel 01E, line 100 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He was Active Duty Enlisted from 1948-1955 and attended Officer Candidate School in Rhode Island to receive his Commission from 1955 to 1974, when he was declared KIA.

I never knew CDR Evans, my father and mother knew him and were friends with him. I wore his bracelet for a while and tried to learn more about him from my father that made it home from Vietnam. My parents Capt. Jerry and Babs Rogers always held him in high esteem. It was my father's reverence for this man and the military and this country that motivated me to join the Marine Corps out of high school. It is the memory of these great men and women that served and made the ultimate sacrifice for us that sustains us and gives us hope for the future of mankind. Semper Fi Cdr Evans...Carry On...Buck Rogers.

Navy Commander James Joseph Evans of Topeka,  the first Naval Aviator lost in Laos during the Vietnam War, will be buried Friday morning at Arlington National Cemetery. The Navy flew his widow, Mae Rose and grown children, James and Monica to Washington for an evening mass and burial ceremonies.  Mrs  Evans, formerly of New Jersey, lives in California. A spokesman at the Pentagon said  Thursday that Evan's parents, James A and Sophia Marie Evans, are dead.  They died on June 24, 1972, in an auto crash a relative said. Evans, who was born in Topeka, was 34 years old when he was shot down by ground fire April 2, 1965, over Laos while on an armed reconnaissance mission, the Pentagon spokesman said. Senator Bob Dole, R-Kansas, who helped the Evans family and sought to obtain more information about the fate of the Naval Officer, said Thursday he will attend the burial ceremonies.  A Topeka relative said the burial will be of "remains that have been positively identified as those of James Evans".  

Evans was listed as missing in action until September 11, 1974 when his status was changed to presumed killed in action, the Pentagon said. Evans enlisted in the Navy in February 1948, and became an officer in September 1955, the Pentagon said. He was a Lieutenant Commander when he was shot down and was promoted to Commander while in missing status.  Evans was flying an A-1 Skyraider aircraft attached to Attack Squadron 215 operating from the Carrier USS Hancock when he was lost., the Pentagon said.  Evans was born May 9, 1930, in Topeka and later moved to Valley Falls where he was a member of Immaculate Conception Church.  He attended Valley Falls High School, but completed his High School graduation requirements while in the Navy. He was also graduated from the US Naval Academy.  

Surviving are Eight sisters;  Mrs. Patricia Applehanz, Mrs. Margaret Ballard, Mrs. Geraldine Solomon, Mrs. Susan Ramirez, Mrs. Rita R Charey,  Mrs. Sylvia Durow,  Mrs. Mary Ashley and Mrs. Kathleen Rose Evans.  Four Brothers;  Robert M Evans, Timothy P Evans, David F Evans, and John T Evans.  Mr and Mrs Timothy P Evans will attend services in Washington. Topeka area relatives were notified Tuesday of the service. Evans served in the Navy as an Air Controller before becoming a Naval Aviator. Before his southeast Asia assignment, he was attached to an antisubmarine squadron and an attack squadron, both at California Naval Air Station. A Freedom Tree was dedicated in his honor March 9th, 1973, at the City Hall complex, Vacaville, California.

He was the husband of Maerose J Evans, Father of James Evans and Monica Evans.

He served as a Commander with VA-215, CVW-21, USS Hancock, Task Force 77, 7th Fleet, United States Navy.

He was awarded Naval Aviator Wings, The Combat Action Ribbon(CAR), The Air Medal with 1 Device, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat wounds, The National Defense Service Medal with One Device, The Vietnam Service Medal with Two Stars and the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Navy Good Conduct Medal with Device.

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