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A Wartime History of the USS ROBLEY D. EVANS, DD-552. Merriam Press Military Monograph Series. Third Edition 2012. The destroyer Evans rendered invaluable service during World War II, including logistic support for carrier strike forces at Saipan, logistic support for the Third Fleet fast carrier task force in the Palaus and the Philippines, fire support shore bombardment for the 4th Marine Division on Iwo Jima, and escorting Third Fleet carrier forces and performing radar picket duty at Okinawa. She is credited with destroying 26 enemy planes, and rescuing six downed American aviators. The author, son of one of the crew members, set out to collect any data available about this remarkable ship and its incredible men. After three years of research and writing, finally their story has been told. 91 photos, 10 ill., 2 maps, two-view plan drawing, 4 appendices.