Thursday, May 12, 2016

USS Frank E. Evans May Be Added to Vietnam Wall

Pentagon may add Syracuse vet's son, 73 Navy shipmates to Vietnam Memorial

By Mark Weiner
May 12, 2016

"For more than four decades, surviving crew members and relatives of those lost on the USS Frank E. Evans, like Larry Reilly Sr. of Syracuse, have struggled to understand why geographical lines have superseded these sailors' sacrifice and service," Sen. Charles Schumer
World War ll and Vietnam veteran Larry Reilly Sr., age 91, served in the Navy. During the Vietnam War he and his son were together on a Navy ship when it was involved in a collision with an Australian destroyer. His son Larry Reilly Jr. was killed.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Defense has agreed to review a request from families of 74 U.S. Navy sailors, including one with ties to Syracuse, to add their names to the national Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall, according to U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

The sailors died aboard the USS Frank E. Evans when the Navy destroyer collided with an Australian aircraft carrier in the South China Sea during a Vietnam War-era training exercise.

The sailors who perished June 3, 1969 are not listed on the Vietnam memorial wall in Washington because the accident happened outside the official combat zone for the Vietnam War.
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