Almond, Spencer Eakin, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
528-Hydraulics Mechanic
Last MOSGroup
WWI & WWII SSN/MOS
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 528, MARDET USS Saratoga (CV-3)
Service Years
1943 - 1945

Private 1st Class

 
 

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1926
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
San Francisco, CA
Last Address
342 Funston Ave.
San Francisco, CA

Casualty Date
Feb 21, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Japan
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Burial at Sea

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 Unit Assignments
MARDET USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1944-1945, 528, MARDET USS Saratoga (CV-3)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Service numberĀ 538220


Saratoga arrived at Ulithi on 7 February and sailed three days later with Enterprise and four other carrier task groups. After landing rehearsals with Marines at Tinian on 12 February, the carrier force carried out diversionary strikes on the Japanese home islands on the nights of 16 February and 17 February, before the landings on Iwo Jima. Saratoga was assigned to provide fighter cover while the remaining carriers launched the strikes on Japan, but in the process, her fighters raided two Japanese airfields. The force fueled on 18 February and 19 February, and on 21 February, Saratoga was detached with an escort of three destroyers to join the amphibious forces and carry out night patrols over Iwo Jima and night heckler missions over nearby Chi-chi Jima. However, as she approached her operating area at 17:00 on the 21st, an air attack developed, and taking advantage of low cloud cover and Saratoga's insufficient escort, six Japanese planes scored five hits on the carrier in three minutes. Saratoga's flight deck forward was wrecked, her starboard side was holed twice and large fires were started in her hangar deck, while she lost 123 of her crew dead or missing. Another attack at 19:00 scored an additional bomb hit. By 20:15, the fires were under control, and the carrier was able to recover aircraft, but she was ordered to Eniwetok and then to the West Coast for repairs, arriving at Bremerton on 16 March.
   
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