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■ : WL I •m US Destroyer Saves Kaohsiung Ship While towing the Chinese craft there was some concern as to the condition of our port shaft. LT DeBoer, LT Francis, and LTJG Struthers investigated, found and dis- lodged a wire that was inhibiting the shaft.
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Lucky To Come Across ' lucky Evans ' USS Frank E. Evans, DD 754. was nicknamed " Lucky Evans " during the Korean War because of her many successful sea rescue operations. Apparently, - this spunky ship, operating as a unit of the U.S. Seventh Fleet Patrol Force in Western Pacific waters, is living up to its name. On Oct. 3 she accomplished her second rescue at sea in two months. The thin Chi Lung, a fishing craft out of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, with nine crew mem- bers aboard, had been adrift for two days in the Taiwan Strait because of engine failure when a Frank E. Evans lookout spotted the craft wallowing in the high seas. Barrier Broken In the tradition of the sea, the Destroyer Squadron 23 ship closed the boat immediately to gi e aid. At this point, the com- manding officer of the Frank E. Evans, Commander C. Thor Hanson, called upon Lieutenant Commanders Liang Feng-hsiu and Lee Tse-hsia of the Repu- blic of China ' s Navy, embarked as naval observers, to act as in- terpreters. The language barrier was soon broken. Hung Ching-tien, captain of the fishing craft, told the officers that his boat was taking on high water because of heavy seas and that he had no radio, and that his crew had not eaten for 36 hours. Frank E. Evans took the boat in tow, hoping to make Makung Harbor in the Penghu Islands, some 16 miles away. It soon became apparent that the al- ready water-logged boat would probably founder in the heavy seas. Accordingly, preparations were made to off-load the nine crew members by passing life jackets and making ready a rubber raft. Craft Sinks Just three miles from the safety of the Penghus Islands, these preparations were justified because the craft filled with water and sank. The Frank E. Evans make a quick recovery of the crew who came aboard wet but unharmed. After a heavy meal, hot showers and a fresh set of cloths, donated by the " Lucky Evans " crewmembers, the survivors, were transferred to a Chinese Navy tug and taken ashore. The other recent rescue by the Evans involved a midnight search for a downed navy pilot in the Tonkin Gulf. The time, the Evans located the pilot and had him on board within minutes. The Evans has also participated in naval gunfire support and surveillance duty in Vietnam waters. No Stranger Upon completion of its duties in the Taiwan Strait, the ship will visit Kaohsiung for a brief period of maintenance and then rejoin the Seventh Fleet. Commander Hanson is no stranger to this area. He served two years as aide to Vice Admiral Charles L. Melson, commander U.S. Taiwan De- fense Command, from 1962-1964, and he has many friends among the Chinese people of Taipei. 1 4 » !?WJ SNi«i«ffii«iiai(™ram ItlHNHflMMHWMtMNBIiV
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t Captain Hanson on behalf of the crew receives the thanks from the Chinese Fisherman ' s Association for the rescue of the nine fisherman (A, LCDR Liang Feng-Hsiu and LCDR Lee Tse-Hsia of the Nationalist Chinese Navy Doctor Flynn, X.O. and LT Farrell brought a do- nation to Sister Mary Timothy, Kaoshung mis- sionary and were treated to lunch
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