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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)
|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)
|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.)
|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. 1945||Lcdr. Thomas Handasyde Perkins Whitney (Comm. CO) (Boston, Mass.)|
|2.) 02 Nov. 1945 - .. Mar. 1947||Lcdr. William James Daly (Lawrence, Mass.)|
|3.) .. Mar. 1947 - .. Jul. 1947||Lcdr. George Ransom Brines, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Morton, Ill.)|
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