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USS Spangler (DE 696)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - K - Z - E
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - WWII Victory Medal - National Defense Service 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
Spangler (DE 696) Building and Operational Data:
  • 28 April 1943: Keel laid by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Mich.
  • 15 July 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Myrtle Spangler, mother of Lt. Spangler
  • 31 October 1943: Commissioned by the Commandant, Eighth Naval District, at the Naval Station, Algiers, La., Lcdr. W. A. Burgett in command
  • At war's end, Spangler was assigned to the Pacific Fleet Cruiser-Destroyer Force at San Diego, Cal.
  • 08 October 1958: Decommissioned at Astoria, Oreg. after 14 years and 4 months of service; placed in the Columbia River Group of the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 01 March 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 20 November 1972: Sold for scrapping to Zidell Explorations, Inc., Portland, Ore.
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    6k Donald Hays Spangler was born in Albion, Ind. on 29 May 1918. He was appointed midshipman at the Naval Academy on 08 July 1938 and commissioned ensign on 19 December 1941. Ensign Spangler reported for duty in USS Atlanta (CL 51) at Boston, Mass., on 03 January 1942. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant (junior grade) to date from 01 October 1942. Lt.(jg) Spangler was killed in action when Atlanta was heavily damaged during the night action off Savo Island in the Solomons on 13 November 1942.

    USS Spangler (DE 696) (1943-1958) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Academy thanks to Nell Horn)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    167k An undated newspaper clipping with a photo of Mrs. Myrtle E. Spangler and Capt. C.D. Swain, Supervisor of Shipbuilding at DeFoe Shipbuilding, just prior to Spangler's launching.
    65k 23 August 1947: San Francisco, Cal. - Stern view of USS Spangler (DE 696) at the South end of Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-696-1572-47)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    97k 23 August 1947: San Francisco, Cal. - Stern view of Spangler at the South end of Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-696-1573-47)
    440k 20 September 1951: Vallejo, Cal. - Stern view of Spangler tied up at Mare Island. Three unidentified Jeep carriers are moored ahead of her.
    57k circa 1951: San Francisco, Cal. - steaming under the Golden Gate Bridge.

    (Photo © Allied Photographers, San Francisco, Cal.)
    Robert Ellis
    SO2, DE-696
    107k circa 1951: Ship's Portrait Bill Hager
    1950 - 1953
    84k 1952: M Division portrait
    119k 1953: M Division portrait
    82k undated, mainmast indicates later date than previous ship's portrait
    168k late postwar image Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive


    Ship's Matchbook
    Courtesy of
    Nick Tiberio

    Spangler History
    View the USS Spangler (DE 696) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Spangler's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  31 Oct. 1943 - 13 May 1944Lcdr. William Ano Burgett (Diamondville, Wyo.) (Comm. CO)
    2.)  13 May 1944 - 13 Mar. 1945Lcdr. Douglas J. McFarlane, USNR
    3.)  13 Mar. 1945 - 10 Oct. 1945Lcdr. H. H. Edwards
    4.)  10 Oct. 1945 - 06 Mar. 1947Lcdr. Henry McCloy Easterling, USNR
    5.)  06 Mar. 1947 - 26 Jun. 1947Lcdr. Roy Albert Norelius
    6.)  26 Jun. 1947 - 22 Jul. 1948Lcdr. Albert Andrews Richards
    7.)  22 Jul. 1948 - .. Sep. 1949Lcdr. Joseph Patula Rizza (Johnstown, Pa.) (ret. as Radm.)
    8.)  .. Sep. 1949 - 07 May 1951Lcdr. Robert Ross Carter, USNR
    9.)  07 May 1951 - 03 Nov. 1951Lcdr. James Conner Pollock (St. Louis, Mo.)
    10.) 03 Nov. 1951 - 04 Dec. 1953Lcdr. Richard Rhodes Law (Savanna, Ill.)
    11.) 04 Dec. 1953 - 20 Apr. 1956Lcdr. Daniel James O’Connell (New York, N.Y.)
    12.) 20 Apr. 1956 - 11 Oct. 1957Lcdr. Orval J. Washburn
    13.) 11 Oct. 1957 - 08 Oct. 1958Lcdr. Charles Harvin Carroll (Salt Lake City, Utah) (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: David D. Norris
    E-mail: David Norris

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