WWII Coast Guard Vet & Navy Cross Recipient Is Laid To Rest
Another WWII hero was laid to rest on June 5th, with full military honors. His name was Ray Evans, a retured Coast Guard Commander who was the final survivor of a dramatic rescue of a group of Marines pinned down during the battle of Guadalcanal.
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His valor earned him the Navy Cross. Gratitude for his service will live on in the hearts of Americans for centuries to come.
Retired Coast Guard Cmdr. Ray Evans, 92, was laid to rest June 5, with full military honors. Evans, who passed away May 30, was the final survivor of a dramatic rescue of a group of Marines pinned down by machine gun fire during the battle of Guadalcanal, September 1942 where he earned the Navy Cross.
Among those who attended the memorial service were his wife of more than 70 years, Dorothy; his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and Coast Guard Vice Commandant Vice Adm. John Currier. Members of the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Bangor performed a three-volley salute at the funeral signifying the bond Evans and the Marine Corps have shared since the darkest days of World War II.
Evans joined the Coast Guard alongside the service’s only Medal of Honor recipient, Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro, in September 1939.
“[I] Came out of high school and looked for a job all summer in 1939 and it was a very poor time for jobs and went to the Coast Guard and they said they had not taken a recruit in seven years,” said Evans in an oral history recorded in 1992. “They called me back in September and said, ‘Are you still interested? We’ve got seven openings. I said, ‘yes I am.’ And that’s how it started, as an apprentice seaman at $21 a month.”
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