|Rank||Aviation Boatswain's Mate Third Class U.S. Navy|
|Date of Death||May 26 1954|
National Defense Service Medal
Aviation Boatswain's Mate Third Class Epps was awarded the National Defense Service Medal.
Aviation Boatswain's Mate Third Class Epps was a crew member of the aircraft carrier, USS BENNINGTON (CVA-20), cruising in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. On May 26, 1954, a launching catapult exploded killing him and 101 fellow crewmen.