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Adams, William Jerome, S2c.
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Home Town Mercer, PA
Last Address 1209 Ridge Ave Sharpsville, PA
Casualty Date Dec 18, 1944
Cause Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Reason Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location Pacific Ocean
Conflict World War II
Location of Interment Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates (cenotaph)
Last Known Activity
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 , 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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