Spray, John Raymond, ST2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
STG-0000-Sonar Technician Surface
Last Rating/NEC Group
Sonar Technician
Primary Unit
1969-1969, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
Service Years
1966 - 1969
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
ST-Sonar Technician

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Date of Passing
Jun 03, 1969
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Cold War Medal Order of the Golden Dragon

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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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White, Steve, MCPO, (1960-1980) Petty Officer First Class
Demain, Joe Petty Officer Second Class
Andrews, Lavern, SCPO, (1965-1986) Petty Officer Third Class
House, Charles, PO1, (1960-1973) Petty Officer Third Class
Pepper, Ralph, CPO, (1965-1988) Petty Officer Third Class
Sebastian, George, SCPO, (1965-1987) Petty Officer Third Class
Beaty, Jennings, CPO, (1964-1989) Seaman
Christopher, Ron, CDR, (1965-1998) Seaman
Eppley, Paul, SCPO, (1965-1985) Seaman
Hodgson, Garry Bradbury, PO3, (1966-1969) Seaman
Lebrun, Ray Patrick, PO2, (1964-1969) Seaman
Levan, Alvin Lee, PO3, (1964-1966) Seaman
Marlborough, David Walter, SN, (1966-1967) Seaman
Mendle, Anthony Peter, PO2, (1964-1967) Seaman
Preston, Earl Frederick, PO2, (1964-1969) Seaman
Rikal, Victor Thomas, PO2, (1965-1969) Seaman
Thibodeau, Ronald Authur, PO2, (1964-1969) Seaman
Thomas, Norman Arnold, PO3, (1964-1967) Seaman
Thornton, Thomas Ray, PO3, (1965-1967) Seaman
Tiedtke, Philippe Charles, PO3, (1964-1967) Seaman
Balcom, Joel Arnold, PO3, (1966-1969) Hospitalman
Orpurt, Linden Russell, PO2, (1965-1969) Fireman
Reilly, Lawrence John, PO3, (1966-1969) Fireman
Skolak, David, FN, (1966-1967) Fireman
Hartkemeyer, John Raymond, PO2, (1966-1968) Fireman Apprentice
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Krejcarek, Donald James, CAPT, (1944-1977) OFF 111X Commander
Hurt, Barkwell, SCPO, (1964-1989) MM MM-4294 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Webster, Paul, SCPO, (1944-1965) ET ET-9502 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Gibson, James, CWO4, (1956-1978) IM Chief Petty Officer
Hinkle, Bennie, SCPO, (1958-1978) ET ET-9502 Chief Petty Officer
Kammerer, David, SCPO, (1952-1974) EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Mlady, Steven, CPO, (1959-1971) ET Chief Petty Officer
Terry, Howard, MCPO, (1955-1977) IC IC-9502 Chief Petty Officer
GORRELL, HERBERT, CPO, (1949-1969) GMG GMG-0872 Petty Officer First Class
Griffin, Charles, SCPO, (1959-1979) ET ET-1444 Petty Officer First Class
Medina, James, CMC, (1960-1989) 00 9502 Petty Officer First Class
Shaffer, John, CWO3, (1955-1975) FT FT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Berry, Bill, LCDR, (1961-1989) FT FT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hollis, Donald, CWO4, (1963-1985) FT FT-1187 Petty Officer Second Class
Pressly, Richard, MCPO, (1964-1990) MM Petty Officer Second Class
Trobaugh, Jimmy, CPO, (1960-1980) IC IC-4777 Petty Officer Second Class
Van Gaasbeck, Charles, MCPO, (1963-1990) FTM Petty Officer Second Class
Caples, John, MCPO, (1964-1988) GMM GMM-0998 Petty Officer Third Class
Gurke, Lee, CAPT, (1966-1998) ET ET-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
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Brown, Sylvester Lewis, PO3, (1966-1968) RD RD-0000 Seaman
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Daniels, Richard Lewis, PO2, (1965-1971) ET ET-1444 Seaman
Fafford, Ken, PO2, (1966-1973) ET ET-0000 Seaman
Gardner, Melvin Hollman, PO3, (1966-1969) SOG SOG-0000 Seaman
Hallead, Robert, MCPO, (1964-1994) FT FT-0000 Seaman
Jewell, Fred, PO3, (1964-1968) ETN ETR-0000 Seaman
Keene, Richard Walter, PO2, (1964-1967) CT CT-0000 Seaman
LUTZ, BARRY, PO1, (1965-1971) ET ET-0000 Seaman
Porter, Lawrence, CWO4, (1963-1990) ET ET-0000 Seaman
Prevatt III, Thomas, SCPO, (1964-1992) GM GM-0876 Seaman

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