Cumberland Times-News

June 27, 2013

At last

‘Bull’ Evans will receive an honor he much deserves

Cumberland Times-News

CUMBERLAND — “Remember him: ‘Bull’ Evans deserves a permanent memorial,” was the subject of an editorial we ran last August.

We also printed a story about the efforts of Terry Evans, Ron Miller, Jim Stakem and Pete Martz to recognize Sgt. William S. “Bull” Evans.

During the course of his 15-year career in the U.S. Marines, Evans earned numerous decorations, including the Silver Star, Navy Cross and Purple Heart with four clusters. Terry Evans is Sgt. Evans’ nephew.

Tomorrow, their devotion and hard work on behalf of a true American hero from Cresaptown pays off, when a section of U.S. Route 220 will be dedicated to him.

Evans has been described as a “one-man army,” although he and other Marines would be glad to disagree and explain the difference between “Army” and “Marine.” Still, the sentiment is understandable — considering his exploits during World War II and the Korean War.

He received the Navy Cross, which is the highest decoration the U.S. Navy can bestow (the Marines are a separate service branch within the Department of the Navy) and is second only to the Medal of Honor. Accounts of his bravery read much like those of a Medal of Honor recipient.

Evans died in 1954. Thanks to him for his service, and to the four men who were determined to see that he would be remembered in a way he deserves. A dedication service open to the public will begin at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Allegany County Center for Career and Technical Education.