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May 11, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer introduced legislation this week to engrave the names of 74 crew members who died in the sinking of the U.S.S. Frank E. Evans, on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Cramer, during one of his weekly talk radio town halls, recently spoke to Richard Grant’s son-in-law Andy Slaughter.

Slaughter conveyed that Grant from Fargo, who served aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Frank E. Evans during the Vietnam War, advocates for service members who died during the Vietnam War, but are not presently recognized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.       

The ship provided naval gun fire off the coast of Vietnam. While conducting friendly maneuvers with the Australian and New Zealand navies outside of the combat zone, it collided with the HMAS Melbourne aircraft carrier causing the wreckage.    

The Department of Defense (DOD) has reviewed this request for the U.S.S. Frank E. Evans in the past but concluded that the incident occurred outside the designated Vietnam War combat zone. After speaking with Grant’s son-in-law, Cramer introduced a bill, H.R. 5689, to direct the U.S. Secretary of Defense to have the names of the 74 crew members of the U.S.S. Frank E. Evans placed on the memorial wall.     

Cramer said, “These brave men died in service to our country, and deserve to be honored and remembered for their sacrifice. I was glad to get this call and learn how Richard is fighting for those who sacrificed more than we could ever imagine. I am honored to lead this legislation, and look forward to the day the wall is engraved with the 74 names of the heroes of the U.S.S. Frank E. Evans.”        

Grant said, “We’re all happy to hear about this,” once told of Cramer’s action. Grant is a member of the Frank E. Evans Association whose website,, displays the photos and names of the lives lost on June 3, 1969.    

Visit Cramer’s website for the schedule of his weekly talk radio town halls.