Cannington, Charles William, HMC

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
HM-8425-Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
1969-1969, HM-8425, USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754)
Service Years
1950 - 1969
HM-Hospital Corpsman
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Home State
Georgia
Georgia
Year of Birth
1930
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Atlanta, GA
Last Address
Atlanta, GA

Date of Passing
Jun 03, 1969
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754) collision with HMAS Melbourne
From Month/Year
June / 1969
To Month/Year
June / 1969

Description
At around 3 a.m. on 3 June 1969, between Vietnam and Spratly Island, Frank E. Evans was operating with the Royal Navy, Royal Australian Navy and Royal New Zealand Navy in company with Melbourne which was in the process of going to flying stations and all ships in the formation were running without lights. Melbourne radioed Evans, then to port of the carrier, to take up the rescue destroyer position. The logical movement would be to turn to port and make a circle taking up station on the carrier's port quarter. However, since the conning officer on Evans misunderstood the formation's base course and believed they were starboard of Melbourne, they turned to starboard, cutting across the carrier's bow twice in the process. Frank E. Evans was struck at a point around 92 feet from her bow on her port side and was cut in two. Her bow drifted off to the port side of Melbourne and sank in less than five minutes taking 73 of her crew with it. One body was recovered from the water, making a total of 74 dead. The stern scraped along the starboard side of Melbourne and lines were able to be attached by the crew of Melbourne. Around 60-100 men were also rescued from the water.
At the time of the collision the commanding officer of Frank E. Evans was asleep in his quarters having left instructions to be awakened if there were to be any changes in the formation. Neither the officer of the deck nor the junior officer of the deck notified him when the station change was ordered. The bridge crew also did not contact the combat information center to request clarification of the positions and movements of the surrounding ships.[
   
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From Month/Year
June / 1969
To Month/Year
June / 1969
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
Personal Memories

Memories
Cut in half in collision with HMAS Melbourne off Luzon June 3 1969. Bow section sank and stern section were sunk as targets in Subic Bay October 10 1969. 74 of her crew were lost and remain on duty.

   
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