Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Dad Survived USS Frank E Evans, Son Did Not

Schumer to 91-year-old Syracuse veteran: Your son belongs on Vietnam Wall (video)
Mark Weiner
June 6, 2016

Larry Reilly Sr. survived the accident, but lost his son, Larry Reilly Jr., who served on the Navy ship with him.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- After fighting for decades to have his son's name added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, 91-year-old Larry Reilly Sr. had a chance to make his case in person Monday with one of the nation's most powerful members of Congress.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., stopped to visit Reilly in his Meadowbrook Drive home in Syracuse, and told him that the Navy veteran's efforts may be close to paying off as his 92nd birthday approaches in two weeks.

The Department of Defense agreed last month to review the case of the 74 sailors who died aboard the USS Frank E. Evans when their destroyer collided with an Australian aircraft carrier during a Vietnam War-era training exercise.

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