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Max A. Evans

Home of record: Detroit Michigan


Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Max A. Evans (NSN: 0-188783), United States Naval Reserve, for gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Evans was the Officer in Command of LCT 257 engaged in the initial assault and re-supply at Biak, Netherlands New Guinea from 27 May 1944 to 8 June 1944. His craft was subjected to repeated attacks by Japanese planes. He succeeded in maneuvering his craft so that it was undamaged in these attacks. He contributed to the destruction of two enemy planes. On 30 May 1944, he brought his craft through the reefs into Parai jetty where under heavy enemy mortar fire, he rescued ninety-five army officers and men who were isolated and were in imminent danger of being annihilated. Because of his careful maneuvering only one mortar shell struck the craft, damaging the ramp engine and severely wounding the operator. His coolness and skill were an inspiration to all hands present. His conduct and actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: May 27 - June 8, 1944

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade

Division: LCT 257