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Assemblymember Holden Honors Unsung Vietnam War Heroes

African American news from Pasadena - National - Assemblymember Chris Holden honors unsung Vietnam heroesAJR 33 – USS Frank E. Evans

Sacramento, CA – The sinking of the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans during Vietnam War exercises in the South China Seas is one of the lesser-known military tragedies of that war.

But for the families of the 74 men who died that day in 1969, the effort to have the names of those brave sailors inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. is an ongoing battle.

State Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) asked his fellow lawmakers to join him in helping to set the record straight by supporting AJR 33 which urges the United States Department of Defense to include the names of the fallen sailors on the Memorial.

"The outstanding service of the 74 American sailors during the Vietnam War is without dispute - they died in service to this country," said Assemblymember Holden. "But for a technicality, they would have been included in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Forty-five years later, it's time to set the record straight."

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