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22 Californians aboard the USS Frank E. Evans

​On October 28, 2014, the California Vietnam Memorial Name Committee voted in favor of adding the names of 22 California Veterans who died while aboard the USS Frank E. Evans when the ship sank during a training exercise in the South China Sea on June 3, 1969. The destroyer's home port was Long Beach, California.

Approval to add the names of 22 Veterans came after the Committee heard testimony from families of the fallen Sailors and survivors.  The 22 Veterans and their Hometowns are:

Andrew James Botto Stockton, CA
Robert George Brandon Paramount, CA
William Daniel Brown II Westminster, CA
Christopher John Carlson Ojai, CA
Danny Victor Clute San Jose, CA
Joe Eddy Craig Sacramento, CA
Leon Larry Deal San Francisco, CA
Steven Frank Espinosa Bishop, CA
William Donald Fields Sacramento, CA
Henry Kenneth Frye San Pedro, CA
Francis Joseph Garcia San Francisco, CA
Devere Ray Grissom, Jr. Covina, CA
James William Kerr Glendale, CA
Isaac Lyons, Jr. Los Angeles, CA
Andrew Martin Melendrez Whittier, CA
Gregory Koichi Ogawa San Mateo, CA
Craig Allen Pennell Castaic, CA
Lawrence John Reilly, Jr. Long Beach, CA
John Raymond Spray Simi Valley, CA
Jon Kenneth Stever Altadena, CA
Ronald Arthur Thibodeau La Habra, CA
John Thomas TolarManhattan Beach, CA

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22 Californians aboard the USS Frank E. Evans