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Letter: USS Evans crew members should have names on wall

USS Evans crew members should have names on wall

In response to those opposed to putting the names of the 74 men of the USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754) who perished on June 3, 1969, I’d like to explain:

The ship was pulled off the Vietnam gun line to participate in Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) maneuvers just outside the arbitrary war zone, where the collision happened, and would go back to the gun line afterward. This SEATO operation was a show of force to the Chinese so that they would not get involved in the Vietnam War. This shows a direct relationship to the war.

I am a Navy veteran who served on the Frank E. Evans from 1966 to 1968. Lest we forget!

Gerald Simoneit

Hamburg