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On June 3, 1969 at 3:15 a.m. 74 American sailors on board the USS Frank E. Evans lost their lives after their ship collided with a massive Australian aircraft carrier off the coast of Vietnam, the smaller ship having just spent days shelling the coastline in support of U.S. Marines on the ground fighting America’s most unpopular war. Within three minutes the bow section was gone. Few had time to escape the dark, sinking ship. Nearly one-third of the ship's crew were lost at sea, making the accident the second largest single loss of life for the Navy’s fighting Seventh Fleet during the Vietnam War. Yet the U.S. government maintains these men did not die in the maelstrom of a time and place that was Vietnam. Louise's book will the first to shed light on the Evan's mission in the spring/summer 1969 and the first to put the tragedy in the theater of the Vietnam War.