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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: May 29, 1918
Date of death: November 13, 1942
Age: 24

Lucky Bag

1942 Spangler LB.jpg

From the 1942 Lucky Bag:


Don, Red, Spang

Don long ago secured a hold on life thai has since kept it well in hand. He has never worried about what might happen; he has it all figured out. Four years ago he picked his career and his girl. Now there's nothing in do but wait… the battle is two-thirds won. One stubborn enough not to play traitor to his red hair, and one never unprepared, Don is a lad who will do his own driving in life—with no wrong turns.

Battalion Tennis; 1 Stripe.

The Class of 1942 graduated on December 19, 1941, less than two weeks after the United States entered World War II. The class had previously been scheduled to graduate in February 1942.


Donald was lost when USS Atlanta (CL 51) was sunk on November 13, 1942 during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.

He has a memory marker in Indiana.

Note: Unclear why Donald's name is out of chronological order.


USS Spangler (DE 696) was named for Donald. Sponsored by Mrs. Myrtle Spangler; unclear on the relation.

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Donald is one of 82 members of the Class of 1942 in Memorial Hall.
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