Text of Presidential Unit Citation
“For extraordinary heroism in action as support
destroyer on radar picket station number 15 during an attack by approximately100
planes, 40 miles northwest of the Okinawa Transport Area, May 11, 1945.
Fighting valiantly against waves of hostile suicide planes plunging toward
her from all directions, the USS EVANS sent up relentless barrages of anti-aircraft
fire during one of the most furious air-sea battles of the war. Repeatedly
finding her targets, she destroyed 14 enemy planes, assisted in downing
three others and, by her vigilance and superb battle readiness, avoided
damage to herself until subjected to a coordinated attack by five Japanese
planes. Shooting one down clear of the ship, she was crashed by the other
four with devastating effect. With all engineering spaces flooded and with
a fire raging amidships, the gallant officers and men of the EVANS fought
desperately against almost insurmountable odds and, by their indomitable
determination, fortitude and skill, brought the damage under control, enabling
their ship to be towed to port and saved. Her brilliant performance in
this action reflects the highest credit upon the EVANS and the United States
Listen to a narration
from the Evans Room aboard the USS Alabama.
Read about Shipmate Roy Crosby being awarded the Purple
Heart 60 years after the action of May 11.
Read a letter sent home during the war by Jack Alderige.
Mike Staton's book, "The Fighting Bob," was
published on May 11, 2001. Mike is the son of the late shipmate James
It is now available for sale, $36.95 for hardcover and $21.95 for softcover
and includes shipping by media mail ($5.00 for priority mail). You can
order an autographed copy by e-mailing Mike
If you would like some great spot for all kinds of naval attire, check
Military Post Exchange
. Richard's wife is the niece of
Ed Cherry - radioman aboard the Evans.
According to Mike Staton, Ian Hall, an artist from Woodside, CA, created
an outstanding print of the USS Evans for him. To see it and prices, go