About 250 people attended the reunion, including former crewmembers spanning the time from the ship’s commissioning.
Online PR News – 21-October-2010 – – San Diego, CA, Oct 18, 2010 –- Patriot Media author Paul Sherbo was honored recently by the USS Frank E. Evans (DD 754) Association, at their 18th annual reunion in San Diego on Sept. 16, 2010. A United States naval destroyer, the USS Frank E. Evans was cut in half on June 3, 1969, when it was rammed by the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne during a training exercise. The forward section quickly sank. Seventy-four lives were lost.
The group presented Paul a certificate for his “dedication to producing an unbiased publication which has helped survivors to better understand the series of events that led up to and followed the collision.” Sherbo’s book on the collision, ‘Unsinkable Sailors: The fall and rise of the last crew of the USS Frank E. Evans,’ was published by Patriot Media in 2009, the 40th anniversary of the tragedy. He relied on official records and personal interviews to tell the story.
About 250 people attended the reunion, including former crewmembers spanning the time from the ship’s commissioning. Family members of some of the sailors who were lost also attended, as well as five crewmembers from the Melbourne. In presenting the award, Association President J.C. Campbell said, “You have demonstrated excellence in your commitment to our Association through the publication of Unsinkable Sailors.”
Paul Sherbo, a former US Naval Reserve Captain, retired from the Navy in 2006 and lives in Colorado with his wife, Diana Carlson-Sherbo, and their three children.
Ms Dari Bradley
Patriot Media, Inc.
San Diego, CA