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Corp John Douglas Evans
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Birth: Dec. 5, 1945
Lynn
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Feb. 2, 1968
Hai Phong Municipality, Vietnam

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LYNN MARINE KILLED IN VIETNAM **********************************************
A 22-year old Lynn Marine has been killed in action during the bitter fighting in Vietnam in the past week.

He was L/Cpl. John D. Evans, son of Mrs. Jean (Dion) Evans, 307 Curwin Circle, and the late William E. Evans.

According to the Department of Defense telegram to his mother, the war hero suffered "third degree burns from hostile rockets and exploding fuel and ammunition while in a defensive position".

Born in Lynn, he attended Breed Junior High and Lynn Trade High. He enlisted in the Marines in August, 1965, training at Camp Lejeune, N.C. and Parris Island, S.C.

SECOND TOUR

He was in his second tour of duty in Vietnam. He first arrived in country in February, 1966. The following January he was flown home by the Red Cross to attend his father's funeral.

He returned to Vietnam last May and was rated as an expert on booby traps.

The Marine also leaves two brothers, William Evans of Arlington CA and Robert Evans of Hialeah, Fla.; and two sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Elwell of Lynn and Mrs. Kathryn Moren of Saugus.

Arrangements are being made to fly the hero's body back to Lynn for burial.

**************************************************** 40 YEARS LATER...LYNN BROTHERS MAKE A LASTING
TRIBUTE TO FALLEN COMRADES IN ARMS
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LYNN - On a January day in 1968, two Marines from West Lynn took a few moments away from the terror and death of Vietnam to catch up and talk about old times. Then they hugged and John Evans lifted his hand as he walked away.

"It wasn't a 'see you' later wave, it was a 'goodbye' wave," said Richard Donahue.

Evans was killed on Feb. 2, 1968 when his Marine engineers unit came under heavy fire. He was 22 years old. Richard Donahue was 20.

"I cried for days, it was tough. You just sucked it up and moved on," Donahue said.

On Saturday at noon, Donahue and his brother, Larry, a Vietnam Army veteran, will dedicate the corner of Curwin Circle and Holyoke Street to Evans and James J. Hazard, a West Lynner killed in Vietnam on May 20, 1970.

Evans, Hazard and the Donahue brothers grew up on Curwin Circle playing cards and CYO ball. Evans and Dickie Donahue slept in the same bed when they stayed over at each other's homes and Jim Hazard had a Sunday newspaper route in the neighborhood. All four, as well as Dickie and Larry's brother, Ken, went to Vietnam. Richard Donahue was with the 3rd Marine Division when the Tet Offensive unfolded.

"It was a terrible time. My unit was pinned down for 30 days. You were taking your life in your hands just climbing out of the foxhole."

Larry Donahue went to Vietnam in 1969 and served with the 1st Infantry. Hazard was the 1st Cavalry Division. He was killed on May 20, 1970 at the age of 20.

"The last time I saw him I gave him a ride home. We said we'd get together in a couple of years but it didn't happen," Donahue recalled.
In the years after Vietnam, the brothers talked about honoring their friends and comrades but it was a reunion last May with fellow Curwin Circle friends that galvanized their efforts to remember Evans and Hazard.

Veterans Director Michael Sweeney and Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development employees helped the Donahues make arrangements for dedicating their childhood street corner.

"You hear the words 'supreme sacrifice' but it really hits home as life moves on and you get to enjoy your grandchildren," Larry Donahue said.

For Sweeney, Saturday's ceremony is a chance to make good on the commitment that defines his job.

"This is something that shows when we say we'll never forget veterans' service, we're not kidding."




HONOR ROLL


Anderson, Corp Edward

Atkinson, PFC Frederick George

Cahill, Corp Kevin Arthur

Carter, Sgt Kenneth Robert

Chisholm, Corp David Andrew

Evans, Corp John Douglas

Fisher, Corp Eric Anders

Flint, Corp William John

Grant, Corp Norman William, Jr

Hazard, Corp James Joseph

Mailloux, PFC John Joseph

McCafferty, Michael Leste

Miller, PFC Irvin George

Nelson, Corp Robert Joseph

O'Brien, Corp William Joseph

Odiorne, Corp George Alfred

Pennucci, Corp Peter James

Ramsey, Corp John Louis

Upton, Sgt Carleton Webster

 
 
Burial:
Pine Grove Cemetery
Lynn
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: WWII Section G
 
Created by: John
Record added: Jun 18, 2007
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Corp John Douglas Evans
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Corp John Douglas Evans
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We pray Thy love will bless, O Lord, Each hearth, each home, each festive board; And that Thy peace will come to stay where candles glow, Thanksgiving Day.  
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