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USS Spence (DD 512)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 512 
Built byBath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down18 May 1942 
Launched27 Oct 1942 
Commissioned8 Jan 1943 
Lost18 Dec 1944 
Loss position14° 57'N, 127° 58'E

Foundered in a typhoon east of Samar in position 14º57'N, 127º58'E, 315 of the crew were lost including the Commanding Officer, Lt.Cdr. James Paul Andrea, USN. There were only 24 survivors, which were rescued by the USS Gatling, USS Swearer and USS Tabberer.


Commands listed for USS Spence (DD 512)

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1T/Cdr. Henry Jacques Armstrong, Jr., USN8 Jan 19438 Jul 1944
2T/Lt.Cdr. James Paul Andrea, USN8 Jul 194418 Dec 1944 (+)

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Notable events involving Spence include:

7 Jun 1943
HMS Queen Elizabeth (Cdr. R.C. Haskett-Smith, DSO, RN) conducted trials off Hampton Roads. She is escorted by the destroyers Spence (T/Cdr. H.J. Armstrong, Jr., USN) and Dashiell (T/Cdr. J.B. McLean, USN). (1)

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Blood on the Sea

Parkin, Robert Sinclair
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U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore


  1. ADM 53/118384

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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