up those pencils and start writing about what's new in your
life. There are lots of shipmates out there who are interested.
You can send your information in an email message.
My father was Alfred "Al" Wain
who served onboard the Evans. I am writing to inform you that my
Wain, passed away March 18, 2005. She was 77 years old. My mother,
unfortunately, never was able to attend one of the Evans reunions
due to blindness, but remembered every person through my father's
recollections and stories. She always felt honored to be a part of
the Evans family, as I do. I am unable to attend this year's reunion,
but wish to be kept informed of the future events. My e-mail is email@example.com.
On November 12, 2004, Barbe Montgomery,
daughter of shipmate Harry, asked to have her father’s
new address posted here in case someone would like to contact
He has moved into
an assisted living facility: Cordia Commons, 7990 Route 30 Rm.
229, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. Tel: 724 863 2600. Fax: 724
My grandfather was Floyd Sheneman.
I see a second or third cousin of mine has already sent in a comment
but I just wanted to put in my own two cents. As Lynn Brown said,
my grandpa died in September of 2003, but it really meant a lot
to me to come to your site and find his name. Family history has
been important to me, and I consider this a great chapter in the Sheneman family
history. Thank you so much for your site!
P.S. On a side note, my grandpa always kept a model of the Evans in his living
Floyd Sheneman, served aboard the USS Evans during the May 11th
attack. He passed away September 2003, never
speaking much of that day. He did spend a fair amount of time at
the Ashtabula Harbor in Ohio watching the ships passing through.
It's one of my fond childhood memories of him. This web site has
provided a respectful view of Navy life during WWII and the information
is much appreciated.
John Allderige, will be turning 80 on July 5, 2003. Of course,
his connection and sentiment for the Evans guys is very strong
and significant in his life, although I do not know the names of
specific people to contact about this. The mailing address for
any cards would be: John Allderige 106 Highgate Place Ithaca, NY
My e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am the
son of Herbert T. Crowder, one of your shipmates throughout the
commissioned service of USS Evans. My father died of cancer in
1981 in his hometown of Greensboro, NC. He served in the US Navy
for over 26 years, retiring as a Master Chief Quartermaster in
the late '60s. I entered the Navy in 1970 as a midshipman at the
US Naval Academy having been appointed from the state of North
Carolina. I am still on active duty (Rear Admiral), serving as
the Director, Navy Operations Group on the staff of the Chief of
Naval Operations at the Pentagon.
I am interested in hearing
from anyone who might have known my father.
W. Douglas Crowder, USN
I am the
oldest son of one of your crew mates. His name is SC1 Arnold William
Snedeker. He passed away August 27, 2002, while undergoing heart
valve replacement surgery. He was 76. My dad has always talked
about the Evans and when I was a little kid he would break out
his war stuff and show us kids his pictures and talk and talk,
always with a great pride and a very deep respect for his fellow
shipmates. He cried often as he spoke and we would realize how
important all of his crew mates were to him. He never forgot May
11 and he remembered a lot of names. He worked for 40 years at
the post office in Jackson, Michigan, and retired from it. He has
four sons and a daughter and was married to my Mom for 53 years.
My name is
Gerald Arnold snedeker and am myself a retired Air Force Master
Sgt. with two tours in Vietnam. I can assure all of you of the
USS Evans that you have my greatest respect and I am truly honored
to be the son of one of the crew of the USS Evans. We have some
photos from my dad and will get them together and send them to
the Evans web site. If any one has any photos of my dad please
send a copy to my e-mail address as my mother and all our family
would love to see dad in any photo from the war years.
I'm the baby
sister of Herbert James Doyle who was on the USS Evans.
Herb was killed in action on the ship. As of late I have been reading old letters
that he received from my mother, letters he wrote to my mother, and letters
from his girl friend, and boy pals. Doing all this reminiscing has caused me
to grieve allot and feel like that I really missed out allot by not getting
to know my brother.
As a mother
of two sons I can really relate to the loss that my mother felt.
I remember when Herb was killed; I was only 6 at the time . I guess
I remember this because of the grieving going on at my home at
the time my parents received the news of Herb's death. Mom was
on her knees praying, dad was walking up and down in the backyard
of our home. I was walking up and down the backyard with my dad
not fully realizing what was going on. I did as a small child pick
up on the sadness of my mom and dad. I have never forgotten this.
I grieved over Herb like I'd been his older sister instead of his
baby sister. I would really love to go to the reunion of the USS
Evans. I can afford to make the trip. I would like to be put on
the address list for information on the next reunion. I would really
love to meet some of the men that were on that ship. Also I would
love to hear from someone who knew my brother. I realize that may
since so many of the shipmates have deceased. Sure would be great if someone
was around that knew Herb. If you could help me in anyway I would appreciate
it very much.
to pass my e-mail address on to anyone who could help me.
Also my address is: Bernice Queen 1331 L. M. Rd. Lucasville, Ohio
45648. Phone 740-259-2011. God bless you.
I am the
nephew Of Herbert Doyle. My name is Mike Queen. About 15 years
ago I was able to have a cross placed at Arlington Cemetary in
honor of Herb because he was lost at sea in the May 11, 1945 battle.
If any one
may have knew him I would appriciate any information about him.
I am the
grandson of shipmate Charles A. Lee, S2C, and I just wanted to
express how thankful I am in finding this site as I now have the
answers to questions that went unanswered for years. My grandpop
has been deceased since 1993, and while he was still with us what
happened on that fateful day in 1945 was a subject that would never
be opened for discussion. You see he never recovered from what
he experienced that day it haunted him until the day he passed
the bar. I am grateful for the insight of the crew who passed on
their recollections as I'm sure many loved ones have gotten a grasp
on the information that has so affected their fathers, brothers
and grandfathers. I am truly proud of my grandfather and each and
every one of the crew who clearly defined the meaning of the term "uncommon
I would like
to request any information on my grandfather, Charles A. Lee, or
photographs of him. Thanks.
am a daughter-in-law to Floyd E. Spencer and I have just visited
the Evans site for the first time. Floyd was with me and, when
we saw the bulletin board, we decided to send in a picture of him
and his wife Barbara, and give a little update. He and his wife
Barbara reside in Ashtabula, Ohio and have 9 children. Three are
from a previous marriage for Floyd. He spends his days now enjoying
his 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. In small doses!
He enjoyed very much being able to read the up dates on people
he hasn't seen in a long time and also the pictures from the 2001
reunion. We have printed them up so he can try to put names with
the faces in the photographs.
I am the
great niece of Mary Lee Kemp who was killed on the Evans. Although
I never knew my Uncle Lee, I was very close with his older brother
(my grandfather) and remember many stories about him. Uncle Lee
also smiles at my family everyday from his picture in his Navy
uniform. To the best of our knowledge, this is the last picture
ever taken of him. If anyone has any personal stories about him
please e-mail me so I can include them in our family tree notebook
I am working on. By the way, Uncle Lee still lives on in namesake
with two people in our family named after him, his nephew who he
never knew, and my daughter who feels very proud to be named after
him. Hats off to all of you.
Katie Sawyer Barker
My name is
Paul Stover. My dad was Glenn Melvin Stover. MM2c. AS I read over
the other letters it made my heart proud of my dad. I was very
interested in reading Barbara Parker's letter since my dad was
in the engine room also. He too did not completely get over the
bad dreams of the attack.
When I found
this web site I could not get away from it. I kept looking at the
pictures of the men and the ship. Some of the names were familiar
since some of dad's shipmates had visited our home. I had hoped
to see a picture of my dad in one of those but I was not able to
do that. I have a model of the Evans in my bedroom which will go
to my office one of these days. I will always be thankful for what
the men of the USS Evans did for this country.
men who are still with us, THANK YOU MEN FOR ALL THAT YOU DID.
Rev. Paul M. Stover.
is a compilation of two messages sent by Barbara Parker, daughter
of shipmate Maurice B. Rorex, Jr.
My name is
Barbara Parker. my father Maurice B. Rorex served on the Evans
from the time it was commissioned. it is such a special thing for
me to have discovered the pages about the USS Evans and to actually
see pictures of my father on the ship after so many years.
I would love
to hear from one of the shipmates who is still living.
I was just
thinking of the ship and my father the other day and looked up
USS Evans DD552 and there it all was. I was and still am so excited
about it. I would like for my children to see all of this, so I
will make a booklet of it.
all for remembering that great ship. I was only 6 years old when
my mother and I were allowed to visit the ship. I was in awe of
such a "big ship" and still am. My father was so proud of that
ship. It was in New Orleans. I never in my 64 years forgot that
that ship's name, USS Evans DD552.
I do remember
the terror when we were notified of the events of May 11, 1945.
I was almost 9 years old. My dad came home on the 1st of August
and there was a huge celebration in Houston, Texas. You can be
sure we spent a miserable week before naval officers drove up in
our yard to tell us that my dad was okay and on his was home, still
on the damaged ship. My grandmother fainted when the men came before
she could be told that my dad was okay.
and others like you who have preserved the memory of the USS Evans.
The beautiful ship and the incredible men who manned it should
never be forgotten.
never quit having nightmares about being in the engine room on
the day of the attack and being unable to open the hatch. Someone
was standing on it. My dad barely had his nose above the water
when person moved and helped him out. He never lost his pride in
the Navy. He was always proud of it until he died in 1980 of lung
problems. He died a proud man and we are all the proud children
of the Navy and the USS Evans DD552.
message was sent by Mickey Rorex, son of shipmate Maurice B.
My name is
Mickey Rorex, my dad served on the Evans, and spoke more passionately
about the men he served with than any other thing in his life.
He passed away in 1980, but some of my greatest memories of growing
up was sitting in his bedroom on those rare occasions when he would
tell my brother and me about his experiences and the men he served
with. Today I just decided to search the internet for the USS Evans.
To my delight, it was not hard. I could do nothing but weep. A
grown man of 49, just sat and weeped, and then thanked God for
those gallant brave men, and my father was one of them.
knew my dad, or was told about my dad, M B Rorex, known as Happy
to his family, I would love to hear from you. God Bless A proud
son of many proud sons.
message was sent by Kevin Stone, grandson of shipmate David Stone:
I went to
mobile last wek for the first time and toured the USS Alabama.
Ifinally got to the Evans room and was greatly appreciative of
the artifacts, pictures, and model of the ship.
I cried while
Ilistened to the order of battle as the events wound down. Iremembered
my grandaddy's war stories from my childhood. Iwas amazed at the
accuracy of his retelling after so many years and remembered a
lot of the details that Ihad forgotten since his death October
13 1996. his name was David Samuel Stone and he was a simple farmer
who never left North Carolina upon returning from the war. Iwould
read books to him about World War II and he'd light up when a reference
to the evans was made. I dearly miss papa and would like any pictures
of him or recollections about him that anyone has. Email me at
call (919) 721-1231. Grandson Kevin Stone, 805 Cool Springs Road,
The following message
was sent by Marni Althauser:
June 12th was the 5th
anniversary of the death of my father, Lloyd Paulsen, who served
aboard the USS Evans during World War II.
Missing him and thinking
of him a lot on that day, I decided to search for the USS Evans
on the Internet. I was so pleasantly surprised! What a wonderful
treat for me, especially today. Until my Dad was older, I had no
idea what an impact serving aboard the USS Evans had been to him.
Several years before his death, he started talking a lot about
his ship and who of his shipmates might still be living. He only
had the opportunity to attend one USS Evans Reunion in the early
1990s, but it was extremely important to him and one of the highlights
of his life.
If anyone remembers my
Dad or has photos of him during those days, I would be most appreciative
if they would share them with me. Please E-mail me at Rsalt@worldnet.att.net.
Spears, who recently discovered this site, reported that his dad,
Paul Warner Spears, passed away on August 13, 1986, of colon cancer.
He served on the Evans from 12-19-44 to 10-31-45 as PhM1c, a corpman. "He
told me time and again many stories concerning the Evans, especially
the May 11, 1945 battle," Randy said. He has searched the internet
regarding his father's 20 years in the Navy ever since his death. "I
would very much like to hear from anyone who knew him. I can be
contacted at email@example.com or
collect at 541-863-5847."
and his sister, Sara Beals, whose father, Kenneth Ray Beals served
on the Evans visited the 1999 reunion seeking to speak with everyone
who remembered their dad. They brought many photos from their dad's
tour with the Evans, and a book titled "Hullabaloo," which he wrote,
illustrated and bound on board ship and sent to his girlfriend,
Sara O'Connor, who he later married and was their mother. They
want to know if anyone remembers this book and his producing it?
Stu also interviewed many of his father's surviving shipmates during
the reunion for a video he is producing centered around the "Hullabaloo" book
and the connections it makes between his dad's life on the Evans
and their lives back home in Kansas City. He is very interested
in hearing from any shipmates who knew his father but who weren't
at the reunion. Anyone can contact Stu by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
regular mail (3116 W. 28th Circle, Lawrence, KS 66047) or telephone
(785-843-02547; call collect and say you're Ken Beals' shipmate,
it would make his day!).
whose grandfather Jack F. Singer was an Evans shipmate, recently
contacted us and is intersted in any recollections anyone would
have of his grandfather. You can e-mail him at email@example.com.
contacted us to tell us he is the son of shipmate Henry Ellis,
a torpedoman 1st class. He only recently learned about the Evans
Museum in Mobile and has some items he would like to donate to
the Museum. He would also like to communicate with people who may
have known his father. Anyone with information can e-mail Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shipmate Jim Pangburn
sent these photos aboard the USS Alabama during the 1991 reunion
in Mobile, AL. Above are shipmates who attended and below are
shipmates, wives, widows and descendants.