From the Archives: The Cold War

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From left, Gary, Gregory and Kelly Sage from Niobrara, Neb. died when their ship collided with an Australian aircraft carrier. Their deaths reminded many of the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Ia. who all died aboard the same ship in Warld War II. It was said that President Roosevelt had issued that brothers were not to be assigned to the same ship after the deaths in 1942. However, the Navy said there were no written orders and the Navy's policy allowed brothers to serve together if they requested, and the Sage brothers had asked to do so. FAMILY PHOTO

From left, Gary, Gregory and Kelly Sage from Niobrara, Neb. died when their ship collided with an Australian aircraft carrier. Their deaths reminded many of the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Ia. who all died aboard the same ship in Warld War II. It was said that President Roosevelt had issued that brothers were not to be assigned to the same ship after the deaths in 1942. However, the Navy said there were no written orders and the Navy’s policy allowed brothers to serve together if they requested, and the Sage brothers had asked to do so. FAMILY PHOTO

The Sage brothers of Niobrara from left to right: Gary,22, Gregory, 21 and Kelly, 19 in a May 1969 photo they had taken for their parents.
All three brothers were among the 74 sailors killed aboard the USS Frank E. Evans in June 1969 off the coast of Vietnam when the ship was accidentally rammed by an Australian aircraft carrier in the South China Sea.

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