JAMES D. SPENCER, LT, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: 1919
Date of death: July 30, 1945
Age: ~26

Lucky Bag

1943 Spencer LB.jpg

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:

JAMES DOUGLAS SPENCER

Camden, South Carolina

As may be easily inferred, "Doug" is a staunch Confederate, and plebe year he spent many hours explaining why he couldn't learn "Marching Through Georgia." His interest in foreign affairs and in national events is considerable and the extent of his knowledge is indicated by the fact that plebe year he won the Naval Order of the United States Junior Prize in Current History. On the afternoons when he manages to overcome the lure of the radiator squad he can be observed playing a better than average game of golf or tennis.

The Class of 1943 was graduated in June 1942 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

Loss

James was lost on July 30, 1945 when USS Indianapolis (CA 35) was sunk by a Japanese submarine.

James' father and mother are buried in Arlington National Cemetery; he has a memory marker on their headstone.


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