Bob Evans joined the Navy at the age of seventeen, after his brother had been mortally wounded in the Pearl harbor attack. As a member of the Navy Amphibious forces, Evans helped land men, tanks and equipment during the invasions of Normandy, Iwo Jima and Okinowa. Evans was a crew member of an LST landing craft, so important in any invason. Although the LSTs were always under heavy fire during landings, Evans came closest to death when his LST was sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Spain. If Evans hadn't stopped for coffee before returning to his cabin after watch, he would have been killed, along with his two best friends when the torpedo hit that area. The torpedo caused the LST to break in half and sink. Evans was rescued by a destroyer after several hours in the water. After his part in the landings at Iwo Jima and Okinowa, Evans was preparing for the biggest invasion of the war, the invasion of Japan. He feels that the dropping of the atomic bomb saved his life, as well as thousands of other lives.
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:57 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:57:54 GMT
The Rusk County Sheriff's Office is investigating a plane that crashed near East Texas Regional Airport in Gregg County Thursday evening.Sgt. David Roberts with the Rusk County Sheriff's Office tells KLTVMore >>
Authorities say pilot, who was alone onboard, did not suffer serious injuries.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:33 PM EDT2013-05-24 00:33:55 GMT
According to the Smith County Sheriff's Department, a body was found in a burned car on County Road 3101, which is Barber Road, in Smith County. We have a crew en route to the scene and will have moreMore >>
According to the Smith County Sheriff's Department, a body was found in a burned car on County Road 3101, which is Barber Road, in Smith County. More >>