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[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 196 (Friday, December 1, 2017)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1631]
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                          HON. ADAM B. SCHIFF

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                        Friday, December 1, 2017

Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, I rise to congratulate Steve and Donna Kraus on 50 years of marriage. Longtime Southern California residents, Steve and Donna have contributed immeasurably to their community. Steve was a 21-year-old signalman aboard the USS Frank E Evans on June 2, 1969 when it collided with an Australian vessel off the coast of Vietnam. While Steve was able to escape, 74 sailors lost their lives. In the years since that terrible day, Steve and Donna have become leaders in the USS Frank E Evans Association, with Steve serving as Chairman and President and Donna as Treasurer. The Evans Association has organized the survivors of the disaster and their families, as well as the loved ones of those who lost. They have advocated that their sacrifice be fully and properly recognized, including through inclusion on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In working closely with the Evans Association to secure that long overdue recognition, I have been deeply impressed by Steve and Donna's hard work and advocacy, and all they have done to keep the memories of Evans Sailors alive. I thank Steve and Donna for their service. Happy anniversary, and I wish them many more years of happiness and health. ____________________


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