U.S.S. FRANK E. EVANS DD-754 MEMORIAL MONUMENT
WHERE: HARROD VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK, HARROD, OHIO
WHEN: 11 AM AUGUST 12, 2017
WHY: While serving in the South China Sea in support of the Vietnam War, the Destroyer U.S.S. Frank E. Evans DD-754 was engaged in SEATO (South East Asia Treaty Organization) exercises with a number of other countries in Operation "Sea Spirit" including the Australian Navy and other U.S. Navy Warships. In the early morning hours of June 3, 1969, The Officer of the Deck of the USS Frank E. Evans erroneously gave an order to the helmsman to steer the ship on a new course that put the destroyer in the path of the Australian Aircraft Carrier H.M.A.S. (Her Majesty's Australian Ship) Melbourne. The destroyer was split in half at midships by the carrier and the front half of the ship sank within a few minutes taking the lives of 74 sailors. Only one sailor's body was recovered while the other 73 were trapped in the bow section of the ship and went down to a watery grave at 11,000 fathoms deep where they remain to this day.
The U.S.S. Frank E. Evans DD-754 Association - http://ussfee.org- an organization of the ship's survivors, has been placing memorial monuments in every state where a crew member was from that died in the collision and sinking of the ship.
There were 4 sailors from Ohio. From Lima, STG3 Larry Allan Gracely; From Marblehead; Seaman Apprentice John Alan Sauvey , From Lancaster; Seaman James Fred Dykes III; From Youngstown: Chief Petty Officer Edward Phillip Hess
The USS Frank E. Evans DD-754 Association requests your presence.
See google map for location - - > Harrod Veterans Memorial Park The Park is Mis-labeled on Google as the Harrod Ball Diamond
The Allen County Veterans Memorial Foundation and Memorial Park Cemetery of Lima will be conducting a ceremony to sign the agreement to build the Allen County War Memorial on two acres of Memorial Park Cemetery property. Memorial Park Cemetery has agreed to provide this acreage free of charge in perpetuity for the memorial.
The ceremony will be held on August 19th at 2PM in the open air chapel near the main entrance to the cemetery off of Harding Highway. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. See Google Map for directions: Memorial Park Cemetery of Lima
Lowell Leland Butcher
Birth: Aug. 24, 1898
Jay County Indiana, USA
ENLISTED IN LIMA, OHIO
Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial
Lorraine Region, France
Death: Jul. 23, 1918, France
Son of Alexander and Lulu (Swank) Butcher; born August 24, 1897 in Jay County, Indiana. Occupation: Laborer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army in August 1917 at Lima, Ohio. Sent to Camp Sheridan, Alabama; transferred to Camp Hancock, Georgia; assigned to Company L, 38th Infantry, 3rd Division. Embarked for overseas in Spring of 1918. Participated in Aisne Defensive, Champagne, Marne Defensive, Aisne-Marne Offensive. Killed in action on July 23, 1918 while crossing Marne River. Died at age 20 years, 11 months. Time in service: 11 months.