From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Eugene Spangler '45

Date of birth: November 4, 1920

Date of death: November 19, 1952

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1945 Lucky Bag:


Gene was lost when his aircraft crashed on November 19, 1952:

Eugene H. Spangler, USN, husband of Mrs. Audrey Byerly Spangler, formerly of Woodcrest, has been missing since - his plane went down in the Mediterranean Sea last Wednesday. Lieutenant Spangler, a career officer and an aviation instructor, was taking part in a cruise in the vicinity of Athens, Greece, when the accident occurred. No official news of the craft has been received since. He was a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy. Mrs. Spangler is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter O. Byerly, of 613 Tyrone Avenue. Woodcrest. Lieutenant and Mrs. Spangler, parents of three young children, had been living in Brigantine, near Atlantic City. He had been overseas since August. Formerly of Philadelphia, Lieutenant Spangler was graduated from Simon Gratz High School and enlisted in the Navy in 1938.

He is buried in Delaware.

Eugene earned his wings as a naval aviator in October 1946.

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Class of 1945

Eugene is one of 59 members of the Class of 1945 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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