Evans, Claudus, PO3

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Gunner's Mate 3rd Class
Last Primary NEC
00-0000-Unknown NEC Rating
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate G (Guns)
Primary Unit
1943-1945, GMT-0000, USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon
GMG-Gunner's Mate G (Guns)

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Henrietta, Texas
Last Address
Houston, Texas

Date of Passing
Sep 02, 2002
 
Location of Interment
Houston National Cemetery - Houston, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION C-10 ROW B SITE 38

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 Duty Stations
USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
  1943-1945, GMT-0000, USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Aleutians Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Bombardment of Kiska
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Eniwetok Atoll (Operation Catchpole)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1945-1945 World War II
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 Okinawa Gunto Operation/Operation Iceberg
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
HE SERVED ABOARD THE HEAVY CRUISER USS INDIANAPOLIS CA-35, FLAGSHIP OF THE 5TH FLEET. IN 1944 SAW ACTION IN THE PACIFIC THEATER AT THE GILBERT, MARSHALL, MARIANA, PELELIU AND IWO JIMA ISLANDS. IN JULY 1945 DELIVERED URANIUM 235 TO TINIAN ISLAND FOR THE ATOMIC BOMBS. SHIP WAS SUNK ON JULY 30, 1945, ONE OF THE LAST SHIPS SUNK IN THE WAR. HE WAS ONE OF 316 SURVIVORS OUT OF A CREW OF 1,196 SAILORS.
   
Other Comments:
16 Jul 1945 - USS Indianapolis departs Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard with a secret cargo and orders to deliver it to Tinian with all possible speed. The cargo consisted of 137 pounds of Uranium 235. San Francisco, California

26 Jul 1945 - As the naval component of Project Alberta, the USS Indianapolis delivered the world's first operational atomic bomb to the island of Tinian.

28 July 1945 - USS Indianapolis departed Guam, thus becoming the only ship to transit across the Philippine Sea without an escort during the war.

30 Jul 1945 - USS Indianapolis hit by two torpedoes fired by Japanese submarine I-58, sinking within minutes. Of the 1,196 crew aboard, approximately 900 made it into the water.  "Wounded in Action when the USS Indianapolis was sunk this date while enroute to the Philippines from Guam. All records, accounts and personal effects were lost with the ship." /signed CHAS. B. McVay, III, Captain, U.S. Navy

3 Aug 1945 - Along with only 316 others, GM3c Evans was found by a PV-1 Ventura Bomber and then rescued by crew from the USS Cecil J. Doyle (DE 368). From his medical record, “Injured in action against an organized enemy. At 0040 on July 30, 1945, his ship, the U.S.S. Indianapolis, was sunk east of Leyte. Floated for 100 hours on life belt until picked up. Has several small ulcers of the legs which are healing rapidly.”

4 Aug 1945 - 6 Aug 1945 Received as survivor of USS Indianapolis (CA 35) via the USS Cecil J. Doyle (DE 368). Assigned to U.S. Naval Base Hospital #20 Peleliu

6 Aug 1945 - 8 Aug 1945 Transferred to USS Tranquility (AH 14) for treatment At Sea – Pelelui to Guam

8 Aug 1945 - 9 Sep 1945 Assigned to U.S. Naval Base Hospital #18 Guam

13 Aug 1945 Awarded the Purple Heart this date for wounds received while in action against an organized enemy and while serving aboard the USS Indianapolis (CA 35) at sea.

9 Sep 1945 - 26 Sep 1945 Transferred to nearest RecSta West Coast onboard USS Hollandia (CVE 97)
    
26 Sep 1945  - 11 Oct 1945 Reported to RS TADCEN, Camp Elliott San Diego, California

15 Nov 1945 - 20 Nov 1945 Reported to Naval Receiving Station Dallas, Texas

21 Nov 1945 - 23 Nov 1945 Assigned to U.S. Naval Personnel Separation Center for honorable discharge. Norman, Oklahoma
   
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