Ridge Policy Group Partners with USS Frank E. Evans Association 

On June 3rd, 1969, the USS Frank E. Evans was operating in the dark of night. It was stationed in the South China Sea with the Royal Navy, The Australian Royal Navy, and the New Zealand Royal Navy. While changing station, the large ship was struck by an Australian aircraft carrier. This accident resulted in the death of 74 crew members of the USS Frank E. Evans. Upon splitting in half, the USS Frank E. Evans sank in less than 5 minutes. These veterans of the United States deserve to be remembered. They were active service members who lost their lives serving their country. Ride Policy Group, a top government affairs firm, hopes to honor these 74 members by having their names carved into the Vietnam Memorial.

Ridge Policy Group, one of DC’s top lobbying firms, is excited to announce its partnership with the USS Frank E. Evans Association. Together, we hope to work in a bipartisan manner to get the names of 74 lost sailors of the Vietnam War on the Memorial. This effort will help the families and Americans remember these fallen heroes. At RPG, we believe that every fallen veteran of the war deserves proper recognition. These young men of the USS Frank E. Evans made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

RPG would like to help assure that the history of USS Frank E. Evans (DD 754) is maintained. This tragedy has been further documented by journalist and author Louise Esola, in “American Boys.” This powerful retelling of the events gives background to the men who died that night. This book outlines the tragic event while giving you insight into the lives of some of the brave heroes on the ship. A passionate author, Esola reflects the sorrow and frustration of all those associated with this horrific event.

RPG hopes to help solve some of these woes by getting these names added to the wall. We are grateful to partner with champions Senators Schumer, Gillibrand, and Cramer and Congressman Schiff, among others, to move this effort forward

This video outlines the tragedy of that day and highlights the importance of honoring those lost on the USS Frank E. Evans.

RPG looks forward to supporting this cause. We see an opportunity to make an impact through the passage of a standalone bill or attaching provisions to the national defense legislation, appropriations bills, or other moving vehicles. Regardless of the ultimate legislative or executive vehicle, we will work in a bipartisan fashion with both sides of the aisle to get this done for these American heroes.

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Ridge Policy Group


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