Saturday, May 16, 2015
American Lake Park
9222 Veterans Drive SW
Cost is $10 per participant and includes: a tee shirt, rod & reel and up to 2 fish that they catch. Session times are listed on the reverse. Space is limited and participants must pre-register by May 6th to receive their tee shirt. Registration can be done at Lakewood City Hall or online at www.lakewoodparksandrec.com or by phone with a credit card at 253-983-2887.
Commander Ray Evans was one of only six US Coast Guard recipients of the Navy Cross during WWII. During the battle at Guadalcanal, Ray and his shipmate, Doug Munro piloted landing craft vessels to transport a battalion of marines on shore. The marines immediately came under heavy fire so Ray and Doug were ordered to go back to the beach and evacuate the marines. Doug Munro was killed during the evacuation and remains the only USCG recipient of the Medal of Honor. Ray Evans received the Navy Cross. Ray was later given a rare field promotion by ADM Halsey on his flagship in Noumea, New Caledonia.
Ray and his wife Dottie have been longtime Trout Unlimited members and were mainly known for generously donating their time to rig the rods & reels for this kid’s fishing event. They used to rig over 500 rods & reels for our event. Ray never spoke of his heroic actions during WWII as was the case of many servicemen from his era, “The Greatest Generation”.
Ray passed away in June 2013 and was laid to rest at Mountain View cemetery with full military honors.