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CDR. Jack E. Evans
Commander of Edwards

CDR. John C. McGill JR.
Commander of Morton

Captains Named

Vessel's Skippers Both Area Men

The Defense Department today identified the two U.S. destroyers involved in the Sept. 18 Gulf of Tonkin shooting incident as the San Diego-based ships Edwards and Morton. Up to now the Pentagon had refused to name the ships which it said fired on four unidentified targets that menaced them 42 miles off Communist North Viet Nam. Skipper of the Edwards is Cdr. Jack E. Evans, who lives at 1170 Pine St., Coronado.

The Morton is commanded by Cdr. John C. McGill Jr., of 9490 Loren Drive, La Mesa.

The Edwards is attached to Destroyer Squadron 17 and the Morton to Destroyer Squadron 5. Both vessels left here Aug. 5 for the Western Pacific. Identification of the ships as those involved in the incident was made after a Dubuque, Iowa, newspaper reporter asked for Defense Department confirmation of a letter written by a crewman on the Edwards.
San Diego, CA Evening Tribune 1 October 1964

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