- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - A memorial in Bay City will honor three Michigan sailors who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.

Douglas Roy Meister, Timothy Lynn Miller and Harris Melvin Brown were among 74 sailors who died on the South China Sea when the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans was cut in half in a collision with the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne on June 3, 1969, MLive (https://bit.ly/2aQJF0b ) reported.

The USS Frank E. Evans Association is remembering each of the sailors who died in the incident with individual markers in the states where these men were from.

“This is about never forgetting these men,” said Terry Vejr, who is on the board of the Frank E. Evans Association and was one of the ship’s 204 survivors.

The names of the fallen aren’t inscribed on the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., because the incident took place outside the designated combat zone.

“This is a very good thing,” said Ronald Moore, an Essexville resident who was also a survivor on the ship. “I also think these men should be on the (Vietnam Memorial Wall) in D.C.”

The granite memorial includes a photo of the Frank E. Evans and biographical information about the three sailors. Each of the three men, who hailed from Redford, Detroit and Lansing, were 19 years old when they died.

The memorial at the mooring site of the USS Edson in Bay City will be unveiled at a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

“I think it’s really fitting that we’re remembering these men at the site of a naval destroyer,” said Mike Kegley, president of the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum.

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Information from: The Bay City Times, https://www.mlive.com/bay-city


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