Donald H. Spangler

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Donald Hays Spangler (29 May 1918 - 13 November 1942) was an officer in the United States Navy. Born in Albion, Indiana, he was appointed midshipman at the United States Naval Academy on 8 July 1938 and commissioned ensign on 19 December 1941. Ensign Spangler reported for duty on the USS Atlanta (CL-51) at Boston, Massachusetts, on 3 January 1942. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant (junior grade) to date from 1 October 1942. Spangler was killed in action when Atlanta was heavily damaged during the night action off Savo Island in the Solomons on 13 November 1942.

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In 1943, the destroyer escort USS Spangler (DE-696) was named in his honor.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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