Allied Warships

USS Spangler (DE 696)

Destroyer Escort of the Buckley class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 696 
Built byDefoe Boat and Marine Works. (Bay City, Michigan, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Oct 1942 
Laid down28 May 1943 
Launched15 Jul 1943 
Commissioned31 Oct 1943 
End service8 Oct 1958 

Decommissioned 8 October 1958.
Stricken 1 March 1972.
Sold 20 November 1972 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Spangler (DE 696)

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1T/Lt.Cdr. William Ano Burgett, USN31 Oct 194313 May 1944
2Douglas J. McFarlane, USNR13 May 194413 Mar 1945
3Lt.Cdr. Harold M. Edwards, USNR15 Mar 194510 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Spangler include:

24 Mar 1945
At 0544K/24, USS Devilfish (T/Lt.Cdr. S.S. Mann, Jr., USN) is joined by USS Sprangler (Lt.Cdr. H.M. Edwards, USNR) which is to escort her to Saipan.

They arrived at Saipan shortly after 1300K/24.

USS Devilfish was then taken in hand for repairs to make her fit for onward passage to Pearl Harbour by the submarine tender USS Fulton (T/Capt. A.A. Clarkson, USN).

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts

Bruce Hampton Franklin

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