SPANGENBERG DE 223
Ship Name and Designation History
This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.
- Buckley Class Type TE Destroyer Escort
- USS SPANGENBERG DE-223
Commissioned April 15 1944 - Decommissioned July 18 1947
Reclassified Radar Picket Escort (DER) March 18 1949, While in reserve
Reverted to Destroyer Escort (DE) December 1 1954, While in reserve
Stricken November 1 1965
Sold October 4 1966 to North American Smelting Co. Wilmington, Del for scrap
Keel Laid April 5 1943 - Launched July 3 1943
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- Covers Page 1 (1946)
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal
Eurpean-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star
WWII victory Medal
NAMESAKE - Kenneth Jerome Spangenberg USN (May 14 1922 - November 13 1942)
Spangenberg enlisted in the Navy on September 11 1940 at Philadelphia and, after basic training at Newport, R.I., was assigned to USS SAN FRANCISCO CA-38. He was aboard SAN FRANCISCO during the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7 1941. Gunner's Mate Third Class Spangenberg died as a result of wounds received during the night action of November 12-13 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
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