RAYMOND EVANS WPC 1110
Ship Name and Designation History
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Commissioning, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS
NAMESAKE - CDR Raymond J. Evans, USCG. (1921 - May 30 2013)
CDR Evans enlisted in the Coast Guard along with Douglas Munro in 1939, and they were best friends and stationed together for most of the time until 1942 when Douglas Munro was killed during the Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II. CDR Evans went on to serve a long and distinguished Coast Guard career, retiring in 1962.
During his first assignment in CGC SPENCER, CDR Evans earned his signalman rating and advancement to third class petty officer. Sensing the coming war and desiring to be closer to the action, he volunteered to transfer to USS HUNTER LIGGETT, one of three Coast Guard-manned vessels that were transporting British troops from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to India. After the U.S. declared war, Evans unit joined a convoy to the South Pacific. The Battle of Guadalcanal started in 1942 and Coast Guardsmen manned many of the landing craft which were used to transport Marines between ships and beaches. Evans and Munro served aboard landing craft under heavy fire at Guadalcanal on 27 September 1942. During action that day, Evans ensured the successful evacuation of Marines and piloted his craft to safety following the loss of Samuel B. Roberts, his Navy coxswain. Evans was awarded the Navy Cross for his courage. Munro, who made the ultimate sacrifice later that day evacuating Marines from the beach with Evans by his side, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
CDR Evans dedicated service to the Coast Guard continued after World War II, and he remained on active duty until his retirement in 1962. His other assignments included Commanding Officer of CG-83527 and CGC IVY (WAGL-329), Executive Officer of CGC CHAUTAUQUA (WPG-41), and Captain of the Port in Houston. He accumulated over 12 years of sea duty.
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