The USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754) served in the U.S. Navy for approximately fifteen years during the middle of the 20th century. She was named for Brigadier General Frank E. Evans, a US Marine Corps officer during the first half of the 20th century. Frank E. Evans was built as an Allen M. Sumner-class ship.
Frank E. Evans was laid down in Staten Island, New York by Bethlehem Steel in April 1944. She was launched in October 1944 and commissioned in February 1945, with Commander H. Smith at the helm. Frank E. Evans carried a crew of 336 and had a cruising speed of 36.5 knots. She was armed with six five-inch anti-aircraft guns, twelve 40-millimeter anti-aircraft guns, eleven 20-millimeter anti-aircraft guns, and ten 21-inch torpedo tubes.
Frank E. Evans began her service in the Pacific in May 1945, where her first assignments included escort duty in and around Eniwetok, Guam, Ulithi, and Okinawa. She was soon assigned to patrol duties in the Yellow Sea and the Gulf of Chihili, where she supported the release of American POWs from a camp in Manchuria and assisted with occupation landings in Korea. She returned to the US in March 1946 and was decommissioned and placed on reserve.
In 1950, as tensions in Korea began to mount, Frank E. Evans was recommissioned. She was deployed to the Pacific in January 1951. There, she participated in the siege of Wonsan, during which she was struck by 30 shrapnel explosions. Four men were wounded. Other action in Korea included bombardments at Songjin Chongjin and coordinating bombings for United Nations aircraft.
Frank E. Evans returned to the US in September 1951, but she was again deployed to Korea in March 1952. This deployment included bombardments and patrols along the coast of Korea until the armistice in December 1953. Frank E. Evans spent the remainder of the 1950s operating in the Pacific. Back in the US, she received a fleet rehabilitation and modernization (FRAM) upgrade in 1961.
In 1969, Frank E. Evans collided with HMAS Melbourne near Luzon. The bow section sank quickly, and 74 men were lost in the incident. Her stern section was sunk as a target in Subic Bay later that year.
Asbestos Risk on the USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754)
Workplaces began employing ACMs (asbestos-containing materials) in the late 1800s because it they provided superior protection against fire and heat. This same level of fire and heat protection was also required on naval ships like the USS Frank E. Evans and in the early 1900s asbestos insulation and other asbestos products started to be used in the construction and repair of navy ships.
Most personnel sailing or doing repairs on Frank E. Evans were likely exposed to asbestos-containing materials to some extent. Abundant quantities of asbestos could be found in Navy shipyards as well putting crewmen and dock workers at risk of breathing in what was later learned to be a very dangerous and toxic substance. Asbestos drawn into the lungs damages the mesothelium and is known to cause mesothelioma.
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Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-754.
(http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/destroy/dd754txt.htm) Retrieved 7 February 2011.
NavSource Naval History, USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754).
(http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/754.htm) Retrieved 7 February 2011.