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
Location of Interment
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Cold War Medal Order of the Golden Dragon

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Last Known Activity

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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  1966, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)

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Start Date 
Aug, 1966

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Allen, Granville Joel, PO3, (1966-1968) Aug, 1966
Allen, Jack, PO3, (1966-1970) 487 Aug, 1966
Allen, Robert, PO2, (1966-1970) 509 Aug, 1966
Andrews, Robert Warren, PO2, (1966-1969) Aug, 1966
Ault, Jerry, PO3, (1966-1970) 289 Aug, 1966
Balcom, Joel Arnold, PO3, (1966-1969) Aug, 1966
Balitchik, Michael Joseph, SN, (1966-1968) Aug, 1966
Bartholomew, Charles Ricky, PO3, (1966-1968) Aug, 1966
Bass, Thomas, CPO, (1966-1989) 615 Aug, 1966
Bayly, Merlin, PO2, (1966-1970) 486 Aug, 1966
Beale, Charles, PO1, (1966-1993) Aug, 1966
Beaudoin, Mark, PO2, (1966-1971) 515 Aug, 1966
Bellant, Frank Leroy, FN, (1966-1967) Aug, 1966
Borruso, Cam, PO2, (1966-1969) 514 Aug, 1966
Boynton, Charles Benham, PO3, (1966-1968) Aug, 1966
Bradt, Robert, SCPO, (1966-1991) 529 Aug, 1966
Breslin, Greg, PO3, (1966-1970) Aug, 1966
Brown, James, CAPT, (1966-2013) 948 Aug, 1966
Burns, Raymond, CPO, (1966-1986) Aug, 1966
Burvenich, Henry, PO2, (1966-1970) 529 Aug, 1966
Burvenich, Henry, PO2, (1966-1970) Aug, 1966
Cain, Jr., John C., PO3, (1966-1972) 495 Aug, 1966
Carter, Merle Keith, PO3, (1966-1967) Aug, 1966
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