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USS Spangler was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on April 28, 1943 and launched on July 15, the same year. It was commissioned on October 31, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. W. A. Burgett’s command with the hull number DE-696 and served in the US Navy for 15 years until it was decommissioned on October 8, 1958. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 225 men on board and it had the main missions in Bora Bora, Espiritu Santo, the Solomons, Torokina Point, Majuro, Emirau, Manus, Tulagi or China. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1972. Several months later, it was sold to Zidell Explorations, Inc. in Portland for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Spangler received 2 battle stars.