Summary

Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Navy 1
Rank:
Admiral 1
Birth:
03 Jul 1886 2
Baltimore, Maryland 3
Death:
December 13, 1969 4
Dec 1969 2
Pebble Beach, California 4
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Full Name:
Raymond Ames Spruance 1
Full Name:
Raymond Spruance 2
Birth:
Male 1
Birth:
03 Jul 1886 2
Baltimore, Maryland 3
Death:
December 13, 1969 3
Dec 1969 2
Pebble Beach, California 3
Burial:
Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California 4
Residence:
Last Residence: Pebble Beach, CA 2
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Birth:
Mother: Annie Spruance 3
Father: Alexander Spruance 3
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World War II 1

Branch:
Navy 1
Rank:
Admiral 1
Battles:
Battle of Midway, Battle of the Philippine Sea, Battle of Iwo Jima, Battle of Okinawa 3
Commands held:
United States Fifth Fleet; United States Pacific Fleet 3

Other Service 1

Branch:
Navy 1
Service Start Date:
1907 1
Service End Date:
1948 1
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Social Security:
Card Issued: California 2
Social Security Number: ***-**-4772 2

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The San Bernardino County Sun, 14 Dec 1969, Sun, Page 17

Remembering Admiral Spruance during his retirement.

In 1965, I was assigned to the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California as an enlisted Navy lifeguard.  Over a period of about eight months it was my distinct honor to be on duty when then retired Admiral Spruance came to the pool for his frequent swims.

The Admiral was a strong swimmer, and would easily do a half mile.  As an E-3, I was at first nervous (all capitals in bold) with the idea of being on the deck while one of the most respected Admirals in U.S. Naval history took his swim just like everyone else.

However, over the months, Admiral Spruance not only set my mind at easy being around him (well, mostly), but actually befriended me and a couple of the other lifeguards.  I will never forget how he made me feel proud to be in the service of my nation, and offered his influence on my behalf. 

Looking back on my five years of active duty, I consider the privilege of serving that great man in even my own humble capacity as an enlisted lifeguard as the highest of my honors.

Dennis D. Frey, ETR-2, 1964-1969

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