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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 10-11-2018

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 CUMBERLAND 21 gestions that the lack of a national honor was because the ship was out- side the war zone, but other names on the national monument were also not in a war zone when they died. According to members of the Evans Association, they recently learned that the U.S. House of Representatives in May overwhelm- ingly approved an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2019 to add the names to the wall, but Senate did not. The bill sent to Trump did not include the provision. "We recently were told the amend- ment failed because of pushback from the Department of Defense because of space on the memorial," said association president Steve Kraus, a survivor of the 1969 ship- wreck, adding that several years ago congressional efforts established that there is space on the memorial. "This is all smoke in mirrors from the DOD, whose only job is to say, these men died defending our freedom in the Vietnam War." The 74 were not considered war casualties because the Evans had been pulled away from battle to help escort the Australian carrier. The collision, in which those involved cited numerous errors on both sides, occurred outside the combat zone. A news release from the government reported the location of the crash as being 650 miles off the coast of Manila, even though it occurred 230 miles from Vietnam. Kraus emphasized that the Evans and all U.S. ships operating in those waters at the time of the accident received Vietnam Service Medals, for which the criteria mirrors that for inclusion on the wall. The Department of Defense last year silently rescinded some but not all of those medals. "It's a disgrace that they can just take our medals away just to make their case a little less shaky," said Kraus. Despite the setback, Kraus said the group is the closest it has become to resolution. In addition to support from numerous lawmakers, the U.S. Secretary of the Navy in 2010 and 2016 endorsed adding the names to the wall. In 2015, the state of California added the names of the 23 Californians killed on the ship to its Vietnam memorial in Sacramento. Louise Esola wrote the book "American Boys: The True Story of the Lost 74 of the Vietnam War. She has original records showing Vietnam Service Medals for the Evans and other American vessels that were there on the morning of June 3, 1969. "A key point has always been that the ship and all the American ships there that morning, including the one that came to the aid of the Evans, all received Vietnam Service Medals, a citation you can only receive if you are doing something related to the war," she said in a previous statement. "This is the third tragedy. The first was the incident. The second was leaving those names off the wall. The third is this. To keep from answering questions, they simply alter naval records. How con- venient." Military provisions allow officials to add names of those who were traveling to or from a combat mis- sion, said Kraus. Kraus said he and others long ago agreed that the 74 names would not have to be lumped together, as is traditionally done, but even that concession failed to memorialize the names. "We've proven that there's space on the wall," he said. "We're not giv- ing up and we're not quitting on the issue." From preceding page Spooky Goofy Halloween Safety Show Oct. 21 CUMBERLAND – Magician and comedian Gregory McAdams will perform his Spooky Goofy Halloween Safety Show, complete with safety tips, magic tricks, Axel the magic puppet dog, and more at the Cumberland Public Library on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. in the Community Room. Greg the Magician and Axel the Magic Puppet need your help to save Halloween. 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