Warnock, Con Wesley, RD3

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Petty Officer Third Class
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1969-1969, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
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1967 - 1969

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Jun 03, 1969
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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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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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Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)

WILSON, James, VADM, (1946-1978) Captain
Hutchings, Roger, LT, (1954-1976) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Stever, Jon Kenneth, LTJG, (1966-1969) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Norton, John Townsend, ENS, (1967-1969) Ensign
Ogawa, Gregory Koichi, ENS, (1966-1969) Ensign
Pattee, Dwight Scott, ENS, (1966-1969) Ensign
King, Willie Lee, CPO, (1956-1969) Chief Petty Officer
Abel, Jesse, SCPO, (1958-1987) Petty Officer First Class
Clay, Charles Albert, PO1, (1951-1975) Petty Officer First Class
LaLiberte, George Joseph, PO1, (1960-1969) Petty Officer First Class
Lebrun, Ray Patrick, PO2, (1964-1969) Petty Officer Second Class
Orpurt, Linden Russell, PO2, (1965-1969) Petty Officer Second Class
Preston, Earl Frederick, PO2, (1964-1969) Petty Officer Second Class
Queen, Skip, PO1, (1962-1973) Petty Officer Second Class
Rikal, Victor Thomas, PO2, (1965-1969) Petty Officer Second Class
Spray, John Raymond, PO2, (1966-1969) Petty Officer Second Class
Thibodeau, Ronald Authur, PO2, (1964-1969) Petty Officer Second Class
Glennon, Patrick Gene, PO3, (1965-1969) Petty Officer Third Class
Henderson, Terry Lee, PO3, (1967-1969) Petty Officer Third Class
Hodgson, Garry Bradbury, PO3, (1966-1969) Petty Officer Third Class
Messier, Frederick Conrad, PO3, (1965-1969) Petty Officer Third Class
Reilly, Lawrence John, PO3, (1966-1969) Petty Officer Third Class
Thomas, Jon Wayne, PO3, (1967-1969) Petty Officer Third Class
Vigue, Gary Joseph, PO3, (1966-1969) Petty Officer Third Class
Fields, William Donald, SN, (1968-1969) Seaman
Garcia, Francis Joesph, SN, (1963-1969) Seaman
Glines, Kenneth Wayne, SN, (1967-1969) Seaman
Guyer, Steven Allen, SN, (1968-1969) Seaman
Smith, Thurston Perry, SN, (1967-1969) Seaman
Lindseth, Al, PO3, (1965-1971) Fireman
Fagan, Stephen Donald, SA, (1969-1969) Seaman Apprentice
Flummer, Alan Carl, SA, (1969-1969) Seaman Apprentice
Frye, Henry Kenneth, SA, (1968-1969) Seaman Apprentice
Gearhart, Donald Eugene, SA, (1968-1969) Seaman Apprentice
Gonzales, Joe Luis, SA, (1968-1969) Seaman Apprentice
Grissom, Devere Ray, SA, (1968-1969) Seaman Apprentice
Johnston, Dennis Ralph, SA, (1969-1969) Seaman Apprentice
Kerr, James William, SA, (1969-1969) Seaman Apprentice
Lyons, Isaac, SA, (1969-1969) Seaman Apprentice
Meister, Douglas Roy, SA, (1969-1969) Seaman Apprentice
Melendrez, Andrew Martin, SA, (1969-1969) Seaman Apprentice
Miller, Timothy Lynn, SA, (1969-1969) Seaman Apprentice
Orlikowski, Michael Anthony, SA, (1969-1969) Seaman Apprentice
Pennell, Craig Allen, SA, (1969-1969) Seaman Apprentice
Pickett, Jerome, SA, (1969-1969) Seaman Apprentice
Tallon, Thomas Fred, SA, (1968-1969) Seaman Apprentice
Tolar, John Thomas, SA, (1968-1969) Seaman Apprentice
West, Henry D., SA, (1969-1969) Seaman Apprentice
Searle, Robert James, FA, (1968-1969) Fireman Apprentice
Smith, Gerald Wayne, FA, (1969-1969) Fireman Apprentice
HYLAND, John, ADM, (1934-1971) OFF 000X Admiral
Gillespie, Jr., Charles Rodgers, CAPT, (1951-1986) OFF 131X Captain
Fitzgerald, Maurice D., CAPT, (1954-1986) OFF 131X Commander
Hill, Daniel, LCDR, (1969-1994) OFF 152X Lieutenant Commander
Ross, Albert, CAPT, (1957-1996) OFF 644X Ensign
Steffens, Bobby, CWO3, (1961-1981) CT CT-9124 Chief Warrant Officer 3
Hrbacek, Billy, CWO3, (1958-1982) ET ET-1442 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Hess, Edward Phillip, CPO, (1960-1969) EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Kimble, James, CPO, (1969-1990) GM GM-0876 Chief Petty Officer

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