Commander

Ernest E. Evans

Navy
Inducted 2009


Medal of Honor Recipient

Medal of Honor Recipient

Ernest E. Evans

Commander Ernest E. Evans, U.S. Navy (1908-1944), Commanding Officer of the Destroyer USS Johnston (DD-557) was awarded the Medal of Honor for action against major units of the enemy Japanese fleet off Samar, Philippine Islands, 25 October 1944. Johnston "crossed the T" and gallantly diverted the powerful blasts of the hostile guns from the lightly armored U.S. carriers.

Undaunted by damage sustained by Johnston, under the terrific volume of fire, Commander Evans unhesitatingly joined other U.S. ships of his group to provide fire support during subsequent torpedo attacks against the Japanese ships, out shooting and out maneuvering them.

Despite the loss of engine power and communications with steering, aft, he shifted command to the fantail, shouting steering orders through an open hatch to men turning the rudder by hand and battled furiously until Johnston, burning and shuddering from a mortal blow, lay dead in the water after three hours of combat.

When, at 10:10 A.M., Johnston sank, Commander Evans was last seen leaving the ship, however, he was never found. He gallantly gave his life for his country.