In honor of Armed Forces Day, this is a military honor roll for members of my family who have served the United States. My current count is 29 people from my family tree have made this list.
I write about the USS Frank E Evans with admitted bias – my uncle Larry was one of the seventy-four men lost at sea that fateful night in June 1969, and my beloved grandfather was one of the ones lucky to survive. The repercussions of the collision of the USS Evans and the HMAS Melbourne have now spanned four generations of Reillys. I grew up with the accident – it colored many a family occasion.