DWIGHT S. PATTEE, ENS, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Dwight Pattee '68

Date of birth: July 27, 1946

Date of death: June 3, 1969

Age: 22

Lucky Bag

From the 1968 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Dwight was killed when USS Frank E. Evans (DD 754) collided with HMAS Melbourne (R21) on June 3, 1969. From the September-October 1969 issue of SHIPMATE:

Ens. Dwight S. Pattee, USN, died 2 June in the South China Sea as a result of the collision of the USS FRANK E. EVANS and the Australian carrier, HMAS MELBOURNE. Memorial services were held in Salt Lake City.

Ens. Pattee was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and was a member of the Eleventh Company before he was graduated from the Naval Academy in June 1968. Upon graduation, he reported to the FRANK E. EVANS, operating with Commander Anti-Submarine Group One in the Asiatic area.

He is survived by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Dwight G. Pattee of 2079 Lincoln Lane, Holladay, Utah 84117.

Remembrances

From USS Frank E. Evans Association on July 27, 2014:

Today’s birthday belongs to LTJG Dwight Scott Pattee. Dwight was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Dwight Gibson and Vella Mae Pattee. He had two siblings, a brother, Brad, and sister, Terri (Tyree). He was a graduate of Olympus High School and entered the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, 30 June 1964 and graduated 5 June 1968.

Dwight wanted to fly airplanes, but his vision had deteriorated slightly while at the Academy, so he aspired to be an NFO (Naval Flight Officer) as a navigator. However, in 1968 very few billets were available for each class and selection was by class standing. When his time rolled around, all the NFO slots were taken.

ENS Dwight Pattee reported aboard USS FRANK E. EVNAS DD754 ON 4 October 1968 where he was promoted to LTJG. He was the Gunnery Officer and stood watch in CIC where he had just finished the 2000 to 2400 watch. He was sleeping in the Forward Officer’s Quarters just forward of the mess decks on the starboard side. The ladder to the main deck, just outside the door to his and three other officers’ quarters, broke loose and jammed the door shut.

LTJG Dwight Scott Pattee was born this day in 1946 and would have been 23 years old. Had he survived he would be 68 years old today.

RIP in the arms of the Lord, Dwight. Your family, friends and shipmates still love and miss you.

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Class of 1968

Dwight is one of 29 members of the Class of 1968 in Memorial Hall.