Raymond Evans (USCG)

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Raymond Joseph Evans Jr.
Raymond Evans enlistment photo, 1939-09
Raymond Evans enlistment photo, 1939-09
Born
Died2013 (aged 91–92)
NationalityUnited States
OccupationCoast Guardsman
Known forearned a Navy Cross at Guadalcanal

Raymond Evans was a widely admired United States Coast Guard enlisted man and officer.[1][2][3]

Evans and his friend Douglas Albert Munro enlisted in the Coast Guard in September, 1939, the month that Britain and France declared war on Nazi Germany.[1][2][3] They served together on a Higgins boat landing craft off Guadalcanal during the Second Battle of the Matanikau. Munro died and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor; Evans received the Navy Cross.

Evans was later commissioned as a Coast Guard officer. He commanded USCGC Ivy (WAGL-329), was the executive officer of USCGC Chautauqua (WPG-41) and was the Captain of the Port in Houston. He served in the Coast Guard until 1962, accumulating 12 years of sea-time during his 23 years in the service. He retired at the rank of Commander.[4]

The Coast Guard awards an annual medal, named after Evans, to an outstanding coxswain.[5]

The USCGC Raymond Evans[edit]

The Coast Guard accepted the delivery of the USCGC Raymond Evans on June 25, 2014. She is the tenth Sentinel class cutter.[6] All ships in the class are named after enlisted Coast Guard heroes.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Gold Dust Twins: Commander Raymond Evans, USCG (Ret.) remembers his friend and shipmate Douglas Munro". USCG. Archived from the original on 2013-11-15. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
  2. ^ a b Stephanie Young (2013-06-06). "Coast Guard WWII hero laid to rest". Coast Guard Compass. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
  3. ^ a b Dan Tremper (2013). "Coast Guard Guadalcanal Hero, Ray Evans, 92, laid to rest" (PDF). Coast Guard Retirees newsletter. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
  4. ^ "DEATH OF COMMANDER RAYMOND J. EVANS, USCG (RETIRED)". USCG. 2013-06-13. Archived from the original on 2013-11-15. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
  5. ^ "BM2 Anderson receives Cmdr. Raymond Evans Outstanding Coxswain Trophy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-15. Retrieved 2013-11-14. The trophy is in honor of Commander Raymond Evans, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.), who received the Navy Cross for his gallant efforts while fighting alongside fellow Higgins boat coxswain Douglas Munro on Sept. 17, 1942 at Point Cruz on Guadalcanal.
  6. ^ "FRC Plan B: The Sentinel Class". Defense Industry Daily. 2014-05-02. Archived from the original on 2014-07-07. Retrieved 2014-04-03. All of these boats will be named after enlisted Coast Guard heroes, who distinguished themselves in USCG or military service. The first 25 have been named, but only 8 have been commissioned...
  7. ^ "Bollinger Delivers 10th Coast Guard FRC". Maritime Executive. 2014-06-25. Retrieved 2014-06-25. The Coast Guard took delivery on June 25, 2014 in Key West, Florida and is scheduled to commission the vessel in Key West, Florida during September, 2014.