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Memorial project to honor WWII Navy commander, Medal of Honor recipient, from Muskogee hopes to capitalize on ship discovery

As photos from the undersea wreck began to circulate earlier this year, one in particular struck Steve Reagan.

“It was so incredible. So beautiful,” he said of what it showed — a section of a ship’s hull with a number on it.

Navy Veteran Raising Money To Install Statue For Local Medal Of Honor Recipient

MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma - 

A veteran is raising money to install a bronze statue for a Medal of Honor recipient from Muskogee, who was killed in action.

Navy commander Ernest Evans grew up in Muskogee. When Stephen Reagan found out there was nothing about the Medal of Honor recipient at the Muskogee War Memorial Park, he wanted to change that.

Oklahoma commander remembered as wreckage from WWII destroyer USS Johnston located

After more than 75 years, the wreckage of the USS Johnston, a Fletcher-class destroyer that sank while taking on a line of Japanese warships during the Battle of Leyte Gulf during World War II, has been located.

Retiree Increases Patriotic Volunteerism

A retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and dentist, Norman resident Stephen Reagan is expanding his daily volunteer work helping fellow veterans. For several years he has volunteered helping veterans file their VA claims at the Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation.

Funding sought to honor Oklahoma Medal of Honor recipient

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (Tribune News Service) — Stephen Reagan isn't from Muskogee, but he wants U.S. Navy Cmdr. Ernest E. Evans to be more than a distant memory to the people here.

That's why Reagan, a retired dentist from Norman, is busy trying to get a memorial for the Muskogee man who received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his service during World War II. Evans died during the Battle of Samar on Oct. 25, 1944, at 36 years old while in command of the USS Johnston.

OUR VIEW: Residents, city should help with memorial

A Norman man is trying to raise $34,000 to honor a Muskogee man.

Muskogee residents and the city should step up and help him to honor Ernest Edwin Evans Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.

Ernest Edwin Evans, a Central High School graduate, received the honor posthumously. He was killed in World War II during the Battle of Samar on Oct. 25, 1944. He served as U.S. Navy commander of the USS Johnston.


Meet the Fundraiser Founder: Stephen Reagan, D.D.S.

Always an avid student of history, I became interested in Ernest Evans after reading Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James Hornfischer.

Stephen Reagan, Ernest E Evans Memorial

About Stephen Reagan

Stephen Reagan was born in Norman and raised in Claremore. Served in the U.S. Air Force as a dentist. He also taught OU College of Dentistry. 

An avid reader, Reagan has always been interested in military history, touring WW2 Battlefields and Civil War Battlefields. He read "Last of the Tin Can Sailors" about 7 years ago when he first learned of Ernest E. Evans.

After he read the book, it got him thinking, "What has Muskogee done to honor him? 

Reagan currently resides in Norman.