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USS Spangenberg (DE 223)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Eurpean-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - WWII victory medal

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 198
Spangenberg (DE 223) Building and Operational Data:
  • 05 April 1943: Keel laid at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 03 July 3 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Gussie Spangenberg, mother of Gunner's Mate Spangenberg
  • 15 April 1944: Commissioned, Lt. Thomas H. P. Whitney in command
  • 18 October 1947: Decommissioned at Charleston, S.C. after 3 years and 6 months of service
  • 01 November 1965: Struck from the NVR
  • 04 October 1966: Sold for scrapping to the North American Smelting Co., Wilmington, Del.
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    46k Kenneth Jerome Spangenberg was born on 14 May 1922 in Allentown, Pa. He enlisted in the Navy on 11 September 1940 at Philadelphia and, after basic training at Newport, R.I., was assigned to USS San Francisco (CA 38). Gunner's Mate Third Class Spangenberg died as a result of wounds received during the night action of
    12 and 13 November 1942 off Savo Island in the Solomons. "Although mortally wounded by hostile shell fire, Spangenberg, with grim determination in the face of intense
    pain and waning strength, continued to man his battle station until the engagement ended." For his extraordinary heroism, Gunner's Mate Spangenberg was posthumously
    awarded the Navy Cross.

    USS Spangenberg (DE 223) (1944-1947) was the first ship named in his honor.

    (Photo from the USS Spangenberg Web Site)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    229k 26 April 1944: Philadelphia, Pa. - Port view of destroyer escort USS Spangenberg (DE 223) underway, possibly off the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Spangenberg left the Navy Yard on the morning of the 26th to load ammunition at Fort Mifflin, Pa. After the onload, she anchored in Refuge Bay for the night.

    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #USN 1035491 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    44k circa 1945 just after war's end

    (U.S. Navy Photo)
    Bernard Joseph O'Neill
    358k circa 1945 just after war's end (Photo from John's father, James Elmer Pertzborn, who served in USS Spangenberg during World War Two)

    (U.S. Navy Photo, Note: this is the same photo as the one before it. It was probably given to crewmembers as a remembrance of the ship.)
    John Pertzborn

    Spangenberg History
    View the USS Spangenberg (DE 223) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Spangenberg's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, & Russ Moody
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 15 Apr. 1944 - 31 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Thomas Handasyde Perkins Whitney (Comm. CO) (Boston, Mass.)
    2.) 02 Nov. 1945 - .. Mar. 1947Lcdr. William James Daly (Lawrence, Mass.)
    3.) .. Mar. 1947 - .. Jul. 1947Lcdr. George Ransom Brines, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Morton, Ill.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Carol Spangenberg Wolford
    E-mail: lwolford at
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