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Shipmates Visit KSST

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Del Frances and Loretta McKay of Sulphur Springs along with Del’s shipmate Richard Cook of Australia are shown in the KSST control room with memorabilia honoring the crew of the USS Frank Evans, the majority of whom died on June 3, 1969.  That was when the Carrier HMAS Melbourne, with Cook aboard, accidentally hit the ship and broke it in half.  Cook was age 18 years old on his first sea assignment when the crew was awakened and called to “collision stations” aboard the Melborne.  Amidst the chaos, he grabbed some flotation belts and jumped into the dark water to help save some of the Evans crew, who were already in the water. Today, he paints portraits of the Frank Evans for surviving crew members as his personal therapy. Both men continue their campaign to get the names of crew members added to the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial In Washington DC.





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Author: Enola Gay

Has enjoyed working for KSST since 1989. Hosts the Good Morning Show with Enola Gay on weekday mornings from 6-9am, so 'start your day with Enola Gay'! Guest interviews during the Morning Show can also be seen in playback on Cable Channel 18 TV. Along with local country music fan Benny Potter, co-produces 1230 West, a Country and Western Swing radio show which airs weekly on Saturdays from 7-8am and repeats on Thursdays from 7-8pm. Also writes "At the Corral Gate", a column appearing weekly in The Millennium Shopper and in the Lifestyles section of

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