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Mourning the Loss of Naval Aviation Historian Mark L. Evans

Mark Evans (left) is presented the Meritorious Civilian Service Award Feb. 19, 2015 by NHHC Director Samuel J. Cox for his outstanding work in the Histories and Archives Division of the Naval History and Heritage Command. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Lockwood/Released)

The Navy released a two-volume history of naval aviation. “United States Naval Aviation 1910-2010” is the fourth update to the history which originally initiated in 1960. It divides the history of U.S. naval aviation into two volumes: chronology and statistics. New and expanded research make these the definitive volumes on U.S. naval aviation’s first century. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Lockwood/Released)

Late yesterday the Naval Historical Foundation was saddened to learn of the passing of veteran naval historian Mark L. Evans. Evans was one of the Navy’s authorities on the history of naval aviation working alongside Roy Grossnick. With Grossnick, he co-authored “United States Naval Aviation 1910-2010” which won the John Lyman Book Award in the category of “Naval and Maritime Reference Works and Published Primary Sources.” Mark Evans also contributed to the Dictionary of American Warships, preparing the entries for naval aviation ships. He was recognized with the Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2015, and is acknowledged in the prefaces of many books on naval aviation where he happily provided able assistance. Evans was a good friend of the Naval Historical Foundation.

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