Adams, William Jerome, S2c

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Last Rank
Seaman Second Class
Last Primary NEC
S2c-0000-Seaman 2nd Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman Second Class
Primary Unit
1943-1944, S2c-0000, USS Spence (DD-512)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Seaman Second Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Mercer, PA
Last Address
1209 Ridge Ave
Sharpsville, PA

Casualty Date
Dec 18, 1944
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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On 17 December 1945, USS Spence (DD-512) prepared to refuel and pumped out all of the salt water ballast from her tanks; but rough seas caused the fueling operation to be cancelled. The next day, the weather worsened and the storm turned into a major typhoon. As the ships wallowed in canyon-like troughs of brine, Spence's electrical equipment got wet from great quantities of sea water taken on board. After a 72-degree roll to port, all of the lights went out and the pumps stopped. The rudder jammed; and, after a deep roll to port about 11:00, Spence capsized and sank. Only 24 of her complement survived.

S2c Adams was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service number: 6530380

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy
  1943-1944, S2c-0000, USS Spence (DD-512)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Vella Lavella
  1943-1943 Treasury-Bougainville Operation/Battle of Cape St George
  1943-1943 Treasury-Bougainville Operation/Battle of Empress Augusta Bay
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Bismarck Archipelago Operation
  1944-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of the Green Islands
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  WWII draft card
  Nov 01, 1943, Promoted to S1c
  Oct 20, 1944, Demoted to S2c
  Oct 20, 1944, Deck Court sentence
  Apr 12, 2019, General Photos
 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial WWII Memorial National RegistryThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, World War II Fallen
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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