The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the NAVY CROSS posthumously to LIEUTENANT JUNIOR GRADE MILO B. EVARTS UNITED STATES NAVAL RESERVE for service as set forth in the following CITATION:
"For extraordinary heroism as Number Two Turret Officer aboard the U.S.S. BOISE during action against enemy Japanese forces off Cape Esperance, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands on the night of October 11-12, 1942.When fire broke out in the turrent and the danger of subsequent explosions grew increasingly imminent, Lieutenant (junior grade) Evarts, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, stood bravely by his post while the flames were being extinguished by fire-fighting parties.Carrying on to the very last, he finally succumbed in the officers' booth, where his body was found with one hand still on the telephone.His courageous devotion to duty, maintained with unyielding determination to the very instant of his death, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.He gallantly gave up his life in the defense of his country."
For the President
FRANK KNOX Secretary of the Navy
Status:Killed, kin notified. Kin:Mr. & Mrs Guy S. Evarts 2632 Humboldt Ave. So. Minneapolis, Minn.
He was awarded the Navy Cross and Purple Heart.A ship, the U.S.S. Evarts was named in his honor and the Evarts Class Destroyer Escort Ships (DE-5).He was buried at sea. There is a commemorative marker for him at Manila American Cemetery, The Philippines.
Milo was born 13 Sep 1913 at Ruthton, Pipestone Co., MN.He is descended from Daniel Evarts and Rebecca Dowd.Daniel son of immigrant ancestor, John Evarts, of England, MA. and CT.Milo was 29 years old when he died and not married.