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Petitioning President Obama and 1 other

Get the USS Frank E Evans Added to Vietnam Wall Memorial

This is about the brave men who gave their lives on the USS. Frank E Evans.

The Frank E Evans was used for ten days in artillery and amphibious support to the Marines along the Vietnam coast line. Low on supplies it headed back to base. While there, the ship was ordered to participate in training maneuvers in the South Sea before returning to the combat lines. During the maneuvers the USS Frank E Evans and the HMAS Melbourne collided.  

The front hull of the ship sank immediately, taking seventy four of our finest with it. Including three brothers, Gregory, Kelly, and Gary Sage. Along with my great uncle James Wilburn Davis. J.W. to his family. Sadly, I never got the chance to meet him. 

Though these men were serving in the Vietnam War effort their names are conspicuously left off of the Vietnam War Memorial Wall. It seems as though the location of the collision is outside the parameters of which would qualify them for inclusion.

This seems so very wrong to me. These men fought and died for our freedoms just like the others did, their hardships were just as horrific, their sacrifice just as great. Yet, they remain apart from their fallen brothers and sisters. What I ask is so simple. Please join me in the effort of adding their names to the Memorial. Let their names be remembered for the sacrifice they made and not forgotten simply because of the location in which they made it. 

 

Letter to
President Obama
United States Congress
I just signed the following petition addressed to: United States Congress.

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Get the USS Frank E Evans added to Vietnam Wall Memorial

This is about the brave men who gave their lives on the USS. Frank E Evans. The Frank E Evans was on training maneuvers in the South China sea when it collided with the HMAS Melbourne, cutting it in half. The Frank E Evans was used for ten days in artillery and amphibious support to the Marines along the Vietnam coast line. Low on supplies it headed back to base. While there, the ship was ordered to participate in training maneuvers in the South Sea before returning to the combat lines. It was there that this tragic collision took place.

The front hull of the ship sank immediately, taking seventy four of our finest with it. Including three brothers, Gregory, Kelly, and Gary Sage. With it, it also took my great Uncle James Wilburn Davis. J.W. to his family. I never got the chance to meet him.

Though these men were serving in the Vietnam War effort their names are conspicuously left off of the Vietnam War Memorial Wall. It seems as though the location of the collision is outside the parameters of which would qualify them for inclusion. This seems so very wrong to me. These men fought and died for our freedoms just like the others did, their hardships just as horrific, their sacrifice just as great. Yet, they remain apart from their fallen brothers and sisters. What I ask is so simple. Please join me in the effort of adding their names to the Memorial. Let their names be remembered for the sacrifice they made and not forgotten simply because of the location in which they made it.


Sincerely,

Jennifer Shannon