MORRIS H. SPRIGGS, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Morris Spriggs '15

Date of birth: April 18, 1892

Date of death: October 24, 1944

Age: 52

Lucky Bag

From the 1915 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Morris was lost when the Japanese "Hell Ship" he was aboard, Arisan Maru, was sunk by an American submarine on October 24, 1944.

Prior to his capture, he was on the retired list but serving in the "Office of Captain of the Yard" of Naval Station Olongapo, Philippines.

His wife, Marie, was listed as next of kin; he has a memory marker in Ohio.

Career

He had command of USS Davis (Destroyer No. 65) for a week in August, 1919.

In 1924 and for some portion of 1925 Morris was commanding officer of USS S 8.

Prisoner of War Medal

From Hall of Valor:

Lieutenant Commander Morris H. Spriggs (NSN: 0-9001), United States Navy, was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 6 May 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death while still in captivity.

General Orders: NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 1947
Service: Navy
Division: Prisoner of War (Philippine Islands)
Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Memorial Hall Error

The Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1942 lists him as a retired Commander. Also, should his retired status be reflected in Memorial Hall?


Class of 1915

Morris is one of 18 members of the Class of 1915 in Memorial Hall.