Gardner, Melvin Hollman, Jr., ST3

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
STG-0000-Sonar Technician Surface
Last Rating/NEC Group
Sonar Technician
Primary Unit
1969-1969, SOG-0000, COMCRUDESPAC
Service Years
1966 - 1969
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
ST-Sonar Technician

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
1944
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Southern Pines
Last Address
Southern Pines, NC

Date of Passing
Jun 03, 1969
 
Location of Interment
Mount Hope Cemetery - Southern Pines, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not on Wall

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Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club


 Military Association Memberships
In the Line of Duty
  2015, In the Line of Duty [Verified]


 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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Other Comments:
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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  1966-1967, SOG-0000, Service Schools Command (Faculty Staff)/SSC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILL

SOG-Sonarman

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- / 1966

To Month/Year
- / 1967

Unit
SSC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILL Unit Page

Rank
Seaman

NEC
SOG-0000-Sonar Technician Surface

Location
Not Specified

Country/State
Not Specified
 
 
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 Service Schools Command (Faculty Staff)/SSC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILL Details

Service Schools Command (Faculty Staff)/SSC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILL

Type
Garrison - Training Command

Existing/Disbanded
Existing

Parent Unit
Service Schools Command (Faculty Staff)

Strength
Command

Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Jan 4, 2010
   
   
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SSC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILL

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Huddleston, Robert, SCPO, (1961-1982) ET ET-1444 Chief Petty Officer
Kammerer, David, SCPO, (1952-1974) EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
McFarland, John, MCPO, (1962-1987) FT FT-1127 Chief Petty Officer
Terry, Howard, MCPO, (1955-1977) IC IC-9502 Chief Petty Officer
Young, Paul R., MCPO, (1952-1981) SK LS-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Griffin, Charles, SCPO, (1959-1979) ET ET-1444 Petty Officer First Class
Medina, James, CMC, (1960-1989) 00 9502 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
Boynton, Bill, SCPO, (1967-1990) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Caples, John, MCPO, (1964-1988) GMM GMM-0998 Petty Officer Third Class
Ford, Dale, LT, (1967-1989) ET ET-1415 Petty Officer Third Class
Gurke, Lee, CAPT, (1966-1998) ET ET-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
House, Charles, PO1, (1960-1973) PR PR-7356 Petty Officer Third Class
Alexander, Robert, CDR, (1967-1994) GMM GMM-0997 Seaman
Belanger, Michael, LCDR, (1964-1994) 00 00-0000 Seaman
Brown, Sylvester Lewis, PO3, (1966-1968) RD RD-0000 Seaman
Bryan, John, CPO, (1965-1986) ET ET-0000 Seaman
Bryan, John, CPO, (1965-1986) IM IM-0000 Seaman
Daniels, Richard Lewis, PO2, (1965-1971) ET ET-1444 Seaman
Fafford, Ken, PO2, (1966-1973) ET ET-0000 Seaman
Jewell, Fred, PO3, (1964-1968) ETN ETR-0000 Seaman
LUTZ, BARRY, PO1, (1965-1971) ET ET-0000 Seaman
Mitchell, G D, LCDR, (1967-1988) ET ET-0000 Seaman
Prevatt III, Thomas, SCPO, (1964-1992) GM GM-0876 Seaman
Boynton, Charles Benham, PO3, (1966-1968) HM HM-0000 Hospitalman
Knight, Tommy, PO2, (1966-1970) MM MM-0000 Fireman
Lennie, Philip, CPO, (1965-1991) IC IC-0000 Fireman
Rochez, Esteban Valeriano, PO2, (1967-1970) EN EN-0000 Fireman
Strong, John, SCPO, (1966-1990) MM MM-0000 Fireman
Tepelides, Alex, PO2, (1966-1970) MM MM-0000 Fireman
Burkett, Barry, CDR, (1966-1993) AN AN-9710 Airman
Webb, Russell, S2c, (1967-1972) OFF 8853 Seaman Second Class
Baldwin, David, PO2, (1966-1970) RD RD-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Benz, Richard, PO2, (1965-1969) RD RD-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Bieselt, Michael, PO3, (1967-1971) HM HM-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Cady, Darryl, PO2, (1966-1970) RM RM-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Mikesell, Randy, PO2, (1967-1971) EN EN-0000 Fireman Apprentice
Nelson, Ronald, SCPO, (1966-1993) BT BT-0000 Fireman Apprentice
Turner, Lawrence, PO1, (1966-1974) EM EM-0000 Fireman Apprentice
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Labenz, Jim, PO1, (1967-1979) FA FA-0000 Fireman Recruit
Gibson, James, CWO4, (1956-1978) IM Chief Petty Officer
Mlady, Steven, CPO, (1959-1971) ET Chief Petty Officer
Davison, John, PO1, (1961-1968) Petty Officer First Class
White, Steve, MCPO, (1960-1980) Petty Officer First Class
Demain, Joe Petty Officer Second Class
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Allen, Douglas, MCPO, (1964-1989) ET Petty Officer Third 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
Christopher, Ron, CDR, (1965-1998) Seaman
Curnutte, James, MCPO, (1966-1987) Seaman
Eppley, Paul, SCPO, (1965-1985) Seaman
Grace, Tim, CPO, (1966-1991) Seaman

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