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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: November 4, 1920
Date of death: November 19, 1952
Age: 32

Lucky Bag

1945 Spangler LB.jpg

From the 1945 Lucky Bag:

Eugene Henry Spangler

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Have you fellows heard this one? It seems there was a traveling salesman—" Gene's sense of humor(?) with its two-bell jokes kept the old Bancroft Hall routine from growing dull many times. He often and diligently indulged in his two favorite pastimes—gymnastics and his girl back home. Much given to resolutions Gene would daily remark, "Next week seems the start of the new regime, and this time I'm not fooling." Three years in the fleet gave him a sound foundation for entering the Academy. When Gene leaves in June, his future shipmates will find a willing friend and brother officer. Academically "savvy" and physically on top, Gene's only worry was how to spend his free time for the most fun.

Varsity Gym 4, 3, 1

The Class of 1945 was graduated in June 1944 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


Gene was lost when his aircraft crashed "while taking part of a cruise in the vicinity of Athens, Greece" on November 19, 1952. He is buried in Delaware.

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George Webster '45, Benton Decker, Jr. '45, and Louis Schmeltzer '45 were also in 3rd Company.

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Class of 1945
Eugene is one of 58 members of the Class of 1945 in Memorial Hall.
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