LONG BEACH (AP) — California is adding 21 names to its Vietnam Veterans Memorial — sailors killed when their ship was struck by an Australian aircraft carrier.
The Long Beach Press-Telegram says the Vietnam Memorial Name Committee voted Tuesday to add the names of victims from the USS Frank E. Evans. They’ll be placed on the Sacramento memorial next March.
The Evans, based in Long Beach, was training off the Vietnam coast in 1969 when the carrier Melbourne cut through her.
Seventy-four Americans died, including 21 from California.
Because the ship wasn’t in the official combat zone, their names aren’t on the nation’s Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.
But relatives say they hope California’s decision to honor its dead will lead to similar action at the national level.