Frank Evans (DD 754) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1966

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publicized for aiding five Okinawans who had been stranded at sea for ten days with- out food or water. Finally in 1965 FRANK E. EVANS was again called to duty in the war zone. It was during this 1965 Western Pacific tour that EVANS joined task force Seventv-Seven in the South China Sea as support for the United States commitments ia South Vietnam. As a result of this duty the ship was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal. It was with this heritage that FRANK E. EVANS and her men left on June 9, 1966, for the Western Pacific.

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Ninety minutes later 754 ' s five inch guns silenced all batteries. After Wonsan, EVANS proceeded to the Communist held port of Songju. With two other United Nations destroyers the ship took the harbor under fire and rendered the harbor and supply center useless. In the closing months of her first Korean tour EVANS ranged the coastline conducting Naval gun fire missions at the bombline in frontline support of United Nations forces ashore. During this period, she coordinated clay and night bombing missions for allied planes, interdicted communist supply lines and sunk many sanpans and junks. Besides her devastating gunfire against the enemy, she aided in the rescue of six United Nations pilots off the east coast of Korea. FRANK E. EVANS then headed home bringing back with her the fighting nick- name, a reputation for luck that was largely earned excellence and a new collection of battle ribbons to add to her World War II awards. Within a year 754 returned to Korea. At this time she embarked Commander United Nations Blockade and Escort Forces. She returned to the enemies coastline and again became the avenging Gray Ghost in the eyes of the Communist who sighted her in rapid succession along the bombline and off Manchuria. During her tour she conducted off shore patrols and continuous bombardment of enemy strongholds at Hungnam, Sungjiu, Tanchon, Yongdon, Conjin, Wonsan, Kojo, and the front lines themselves. For her participation in the Korean conflict the destroyer earned the Korean Service medal with three engagement stars for participation in the first U.N. counter offensive, the Combat China Spring Offen- sive and the U.N. Summer Fall offensive. Since the Korean conflict FRANK E. EVANS has frequently operated in the Western Pacific area as a member of the Seventh Fleet. In 1954 she received world wide publicity when Pulitzer prize corre- spondent Homer Bigart acclaimed 7.14 for its single handed rescue of a Chinese personnel transport ship in the Taiwan straits. Again in 1960 she was nationally



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