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J. C. Campbell Collection (583) Finding Aid

Item Number: 5830000000
 Collection

Scope and Contents

Approximately three feet of artifacts, books, newsletters and moving images document J.C. Campbell's experience in Vietnam. The material in this collection is part of the USS Frank E. Evans collection. The Frank E. Evans was a USN Destroyer that collided with the Australian Carrier Melbourne 3 June 1969.

Dates

  • 26 February 2002

Biographical / Historical

Ship’s History (From the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships)

Frank E. Evans (DD-754) was launched 3 October 1944 by Bethlehem Steel Co., Staten Island, N.Y.; sponsored by Mrs. Frank E. Evans, widow of General Evans; and commissioned 3 February 1945, Commander H. Smith in command.

Frank E. Evans arrived at Pearl Harbor 18 May 1945 for her final training, and crossed to Eniwetok, Guam, Ulithi, and Okinawa on escort duty. Reaching action waters 24 June, she was assigned to radar picket and local escort duty, often firing on enemy aircraft. At the close of hostilities, she patrolled the Yellow Sea and the Gulf of Chihili, embarked released Americans from prisoner of war camps near Dairen, Manchuria, covered occupation landings at Jinsen Korea, and continued to operate in the Far East until 6 March 1946 when she sailed from Tsingtao for San Francisco. Immobilized there from 31 March, Frank E. Evans was decommissioned and placed in reserve 14 December 1949.

Recommissioned 15 September 1950 for duty in the Korean war, Frank E. Evans sailed from San Diego 2 January 1951 for duty with the 7th Fleet. On 26 February she began her part in the lengthy siege of Wonsan, during which she engaged enemy shore batteries eleven times. On 18 June she was struck by 30 shrapnel hits, which caused minor wounds to 4 of her crew before the destroyer silenced the enemy battery.

During this tour of duty Frank E. Evans also bombarded targets in the SongJin ChongJin area, rescued downed aviators, and coordinated and controlled day and night bombing missions by United Nations aircraft. She returned to San Diego 4 September 1951.

Frank E. Evans sailed 22 March 1952 for her second Korean tour, serving on patrol and bombardment duty along the coast of Korea and on the Taiwan Patrol before returning to her new home port, Long Beach, 6 November 1952. Her tour in the Far East from 13 June 1953 to 20 December coincided with the Korean armistice, and was devoted primarily to patrol duty.

From 1954 through 1960, Frank E. Evans completed five tours of duty in the Far East, as well as joining extensive training operations along the west coast and in the Hawaiian Islands, occasionally with Canadian naval ships.

  On June 3, 1969, USS Frank E. Evans (DD 754) and the HMAS Melbourne collided resulting in the deaths of 79 of the crew were killed in the incident.

Frank E. Evans received one battle star for World War II service, and five for Korean war service.
Title
Finding Aid
Length (Linear Feet)
0.1
Pages
1
Location(s)
D055.2C; D055.5; Museum objects; Library
2
Books

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour by James D. Hornfischer
Sailor: Vintage Photos of a Masculine Icon by Kevin Bentley (Signed by the author.)

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Museum Objects

583museum1260Navy issue green blanket
583museum1420: Vietnam Veterans Memorial coin made into medal in presentation box
583museum3149: J.C. Campbell's U.S.S. Frank E. Evans DD754 jacket
583museum0539: USS Frank E. Evans DD754 patch
583museum0541: Korean War veteran lapel pin
583museum0542: USS Frank E. Evans DD754 remembrance lapel pin
583museum0532: USS Frank E. Evans DD754 Tote Bag
583museum0533: Two USS Frank E. Evans DD754 patches
583museum0535: USS Frank E. Evans DD754 lapel pin
583museum0536: USS Frank E. Evans DD-754 bumper sticker
583museum0537: Two Korean service patches
583museum0538: USS Frank E. Evans DD-754 cap
583museum0540: Lest we forget button

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14
Moving Images

583VI0935: USS Frank E. Evans Annual Reunions (1992, 1993, 1994, Collision Re-enactment)
583VI0936: USS Frank E. Evans First and Second Annual Reunions
583VI0937: 5th Annual Frank E. Evans Reunion (1996)
583VI0938: Evans Memorial
583VI0939USS Frank E. Evans Recreated Version of the Collision
583VI0940: Less We Forget
583VI0637: The March of Time documentary The Navy and the Nation 1943
583VI0638: Richard La Liberte USS Frank E Evans Collision
583VI0486: New Zealand and Australia part 1 of 2
583VI0487: New Zealand and Australia part 2 of 2
583VI0488: The HMAS Melbourne - USS Frank E. Evans Collision
583VI0491: Frank E Evans/Melbourne Story Broadcast
583VI0492: USS Frank E Evans Reunion Video Series 1992 and 1993
583VI0493: Richard La Liberte USS Frank E Evans

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22
Newsletters

The Evans Report: February 21, 1999 - March 2002

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1
Electronic Media

583EM0142: Frank E. Evans association reunion 2000

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13
Slides

VAS014733 - VAS014745

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548
Photographs

Photographs: VA027872 - VA028367, VA028832
Negatives: VAN003716 - VAN003823

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  • Box 1: [1] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D055.2 ]]
  • Box 1000: [1000] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks, D056.3 Individual Oversize Box 9 [D56.3]]

Inventory

  • Four Stacker Comic Book. Reprint of Original 2nd printing October 2000
  • Four Stack Brochure
  • 2000 U. S. Navy Memorial Calendar
  • History of the USS Frank E Evans (DD-754)
  • Picture Yearbook 3rd Annual Reunion Oct 21-23, 1994 Hacienda Hotel, Las Vegas Nevada
  • Picture Yearbook 4th Annual Reunion Sept 6-9, 1995 Holiday Inn, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Picture Yearbook 5th Annual Reunion Oct 15-22, 1996 Holiday Inn-Emerald Beach, Corpus Christie, Texas
  • Picture Yearbook 7th Annual Reunion Aug 37-30, 1998 Holiday Inn-Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Picture Yearbook 7th Annual Reunion Aug 37-30, 1998 Holiday Inn-Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia proof Copy before Images added
  • Picture Yearbook 7th Annual Reunion Aug 37-30, 1998 Holiday Inn-Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia Blue tone proof
  • Picture Yearbook 9th Annual Reunion Sept 21-24, 2000 Holiday Inn-Southeast, Aurora, Colorado
  • Reunion September 25-27, 1992
  • Napkin from Sasebo, Japan, Mt. Ochichi
  • Menu from Christmas Diner 1952 USS Frank E Evans (DD 754)
  • Newspaper articles
  • Souvenir from Kobe Oriental Club/Bar and Grill for Seamen
  • Large Patch, Eyes Ears and Power USS Frank E Evans DD 754
  • Patch, USS Frank E Evans DD 754/ The Fighter, 3 pieces
  • Patch, USS Frank E Evans HMAS Melbourne 3rd June 1999 Friendship
  • Patch, Melbourne Vires Acquirit Eundo
  • Patch, Korean War Veteran
  • Copy of photo of 8 seamen
  • Roster of Original Crew (USS Frank E Evans?)
  • Artwork mockup of Reunion Decal
  • 30th Anniversary Memorial Service USS Frank E Evans/ HMAS Melbourne Friendship Sydney, Australia 3 June 1999
  • Photobook Sep 6-9, 1995
  • Newspaper Articles
  • Memorial Service Program
  • Photobook no dates
  • Reunion October 21-23, 1994
  • Australian Correspondence 1994-1995
  • Australia Mailing List
  • Records Book October 21-23, 1994
  • Records Book October 15-22, 1996
  • Records Book September 25-28, 1997
  • Records Book August 1998
  • Reunion 2000 Aurora, CO
  • 1stReunion September 25, 1992 Grapevine, TX
  • Reunion 1993
  • 2004 Reunion information
  • Testimony Submitted for S296: Fairness to All Vietnam Service Members Act of 2003. Submitted to US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee by USS Frank E. Evans Association.
  • Receipt from Troy Vinson Jewelers for engraving
  • Long Beach Press-Telegram newspaper article "Navy Memorial in Place" (11 July 2004) (2 copies)
2
Books

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour by James D. Hornfischer
Sailor: Vintage Photos of a Masculine Icon by Kevin Bentley (Signed by the author.)

14
Museum Objects

583museum1260Navy issue green blanket
583museum1420: Vietnam Veterans Memorial coin made into medal in presentation box
583museum3149: J.C. Campbell's U.S.S. Frank E. Evans DD754 jacket
583museum0539: USS Frank E. Evans DD754 patch
583museum0541: Korean War veteran lapel pin
583museum0542: USS Frank E. Evans DD754 remembrance lapel pin
583museum0532: USS Frank E. Evans DD754 Tote Bag
583museum0533: Two USS Frank E. Evans DD754 patches
583museum0535: USS Frank E. Evans DD754 lapel pin
583museum0536: USS Frank E. Evans DD-754 bumper sticker
583museum0537: Two Korean service patches
583museum0538: USS Frank E. Evans DD-754 cap
583museum0540: Lest we forget button

Click here to view all Museum Objects
14
Moving Images

583VI0935: USS Frank E. Evans Annual Reunions (1992, 1993, 1994, Collision Re-enactment)
583VI0936: USS Frank E. Evans First and Second Annual Reunions
583VI0937: 5th Annual Frank E. Evans Reunion (1996)
583VI0938: Evans Memorial
583VI0939USS Frank E. Evans Recreated Version of the Collision
583VI0940: Less We Forget
583VI0637: The March of Time documentary The Navy and the Nation 1943
583VI0638: Richard La Liberte USS Frank E Evans Collision
583VI0486: New Zealand and Australia part 1 of 2
583VI0487: New Zealand and Australia part 2 of 2
583VI0488: The HMAS Melbourne - USS Frank E. Evans Collision
583VI0491: Frank E Evans/Melbourne Story Broadcast
583VI0492: USS Frank E Evans Reunion Video Series 1992 and 1993
583VI0493: Richard La Liberte USS Frank E Evans

Click here to view all Moving Images
22
Newsletters

The Evans Report: February 21, 1999 - March 2002

Click here to view all Newsletters
1
Electronic Media

583EM0142: Frank E. Evans association reunion 2000

Click here to view all Electronic Media
13
Slides

VAS014733 - VAS014745

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548
Photographs

Photographs: VA027872 - VA028367, VA028832
Negatives: VAN003716 - VAN003823

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Pub Credit Line
5830000000, J. C. Campbell Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 26 Feb 2002 [Updated: 16 Sep 2019]