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File #: 160859    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 9/29/2016 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 10/6/2016
Title: Urging the United States Department of Defense to include the names of the 74 fallen sailors of the U.S.S. Frank E. Evans on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, including Philadelphia Native Patrick Michael Corcoran.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Bass
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 16085900.pdf, 2. Signature16085900.pdf
Title
Urging the United States Department of Defense to include the names of the 74 fallen sailors of the U.S.S. Frank E. Evans on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, including Philadelphia Native Patrick Michael Corcoran.

Body
WHEREAS, A Philadelphia native, Patrick M. Corcoran, remembered as a typical "Irish Catholic Philly kid," graduated from Father Judge High School in 1968. Concerned by the threat of the United States Army draft and a harrowing death toll of the Vietnam War, Corcoran joined the United States Navy; and

WHEREAS, Corcoran served for several months aboard the U.S.S. Frank E. Evans, which had already collected four battle stars for actions during the Vietnam War; and

WHEREAS, On March 29, 1969, the officers and men of the U.S.S. Frank E. Evans departed Long Beach, California towards Vietnam for the Western Pacific Deployment with the United States Navy to carry out the operational orders of their Commander in Chief; and

WHEREAS, On June 3, 1969, the U.S.S. Frank E. Evans, while on an allied naval exercise, collided with the Australian aircraft carrier, HMAS Melbourne, in the South China Sea near the coast of Vietnam; and

WHEREAS, The collision took the lives of 74 American sailors. Within a year after his high school graduation, Patrick Corcoran was one of the casualties; and

WHEREAS, Members of the United States Armed Forces who died during the Vietnam War have been memorialized by having their names engraved on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.; and

WHEREAS, The Department of Defense, despite the favorable endorsement of the Department of the Navy that the names be added to "The Wall" in Washington, continues to falsely maintain that the men who died aboard the U.S.S. Frank E. Evans do not meet the criteria for inclusion on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial because the accident occurred outside the combat zone when, in fact, that ship and every other American ship in the vicinity was awarded a Vietnam Service Me...

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