Thursday, July 28, 2011

Keeping Watch Over Our Fallen

The photo at the top was sent to me last week.  It showed a Bald Eagle  standing watch over a Military Cemetery in Minnesota, and I thought it was an awesome sight.

Then my USS Frank E. Evans DD754 Association’s historian, Frank Jablonski, resent the picture you see above.  One of the "Lost 74", SA Michael A. Orlikowski, has a headstone dedicated to him there: Section MA, Site 48. 

SA Orlikowski’s official grave is in the South China Sea, but the headstone was erected in his memory.

That made it even more special to me and I wanted to share it with you, too.

Lest We Forget…

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Willie King Family Reunion

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the King family reunion, this year honoring our fallen brother from the 3 June, 1969, collision, Chief Willie L. King. I posted about it in my other blog. See the link below.

Having the 74 remembered at events like family reunions is an excellent way to get the word out about the association's goal.

Thank you, King family!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Brenda Sissel Has Gone To Be With God

Brenda S. Sissel, of Lizella, Georgia (wife of association member Joe Sissel, survivor, 1969), went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, November 23, 2010.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 27, 2010 with the Reverend Jeff Powell officiating. Burial is in the Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Family may be contacted at 311 Woodpoint Court, Lizella, GA 31052. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Care Options, 1125 Walnut Street, Macon, GA 31201 or American Cancer Society , P.O. Box 4406, Macon, GA 31208. After a year-long battle with cancer, Brenda passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and friends. She was a member of Unity Baptist Church in Lizella. Brenda was a loving daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. She was predeceased by her two brothers, Michael Tallent and Kenneth Tallent. Survivors include her husband, Joseph Sissel of Lizella; parents, Mae and Creed Tallent of Chesterton, IN; son, Jeffrey Sissel (his wife Amanda) of Warner Robins; daughter, Susan Zupko (her husband Michael) of Monroe, GA; sister, Jurline Aloia (her husband Emil) of Crete, IL; brother, William Tallent (his wife Julie) of Knoxville, TN; sister, Glenda Kramer of Dublin, OH; brother, David Tallent (his wife Karen) of Valparaiso, IN; sister, Diane Harris (her husband Mel) of Jamestown, TN; five grandchildren, Haley Sissel, McKenzie Broome, Mylan Sissel, and Elizabeth and George Zupko; and many nieces and nephews.

Please keep our shipmate Joe in your prayers has he goes through these difficult times.

Steve Kraus, Vice President
USS Frank E. Evans (DD 754) Association
"Lest We Forget"

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Post From Lost-At-Sea-Memorials Web Site

Frank Jablonski sent this to me.

"This man said some very kind and humbling words about our website. For that I am grateful."

This is a very good post about our ship and Navy family.


Supporters and Friends of the Evans

I received a voice message from Congressman Schiff today. He had his meeting with the Secretary of the Navy and presented our petitions. He said the Secretary was very receptive and he agreed to bring the issue up with the Secretary of Defense. Congressman Schiff said that he would work on setting up his own meeting with the Secretary of Defense.

This all sounds very encouraging - we'll keep you posted. Please keep up your efforts to support this effort - thanks!

-Tim Wendler

Monday, November 15, 2010

Cong. Schiff Meets the SECNAV

Just to let everyone know, Congressman Schiff meets with the SECNAV next Tuesday November 16. If you haven't asked your Congressman to support this effort, time is running out...Steve Kraus

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Welcome Aboard

Welcome to the USS Frank E. Evans (DD754)’s new blog site.

I am John Coffey and I served aboard her from 1962 to 1964 as a Radarman (OS to you newer types.) You will also notice the name 'Coffeypot' on the side. This is my regular blog and my blog name(title.) However, I will be maintaining this blog, and I look forward to communicating with you.

This space is dedicated to the men who made her their home, as well as the families of those who served.

The blog is also a work in progress. It will be updated and redesigned as time permits and from any suggestions any of you may provide. After all, this site is for you and I will make every effort to provide you with the things you would like to see.

This is a place where you will be able to ask questions, make comments and suggestions, post any stories and/or pictures that you would like to share, and to seek assistance in locating other crew members from your time on board.

We can start by having you comment on this posting. Just click on the ‘Comment’ button below. After typing in your comment (if you do not have a blog, please leave your name at the end of your comment) and I will respond as soon as possible. You may not see your comment or question immediately as I have set up the site to be monitored for security and the protection of others. I will, however, be checking this site out several times a day.

Also, if you have any stories or pictures you would like published, just email them to me and I will have them posted, usually the same day, and others will be able to comment back to you. My email is

Let us know when you have an event in your life; births, deaths, awards, community activities, etc. What better way to let everyone know what is going on in your life?

This is enough for now. I have other plans and ways to connect to other sites such as The USS Frank E Evans (DD754)’s web site and the Tin Can Sailors’ site. I will also be glad to add any sites you think would add to or support this location, too. Just let me know.

Let the communication begin…