US Navy Admiral. His career spanned more than 40 years (1906 to 1948). He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1906. His naval career included command of multiple ships of various classes including destroyers, cruisers, and battleships. Prior to World War II, Ray Spruance held an assortment of positions including engineering, intelligence, and staff positions. He also spent time at the Naval War College. Admiral Spruance was promoted to lead Task Force 16 at the Battle of Midway just days before the fleet left from Pearl Harbor due to the hospitalization of Admiral William F. (“Bull”) Halsey. Admiral Halsey recommended Admiral Spruance as his successor for this pivotal battle which is still considered to be one of the United States Navy’s greatest victories Following the battle of Midway, Admiral Spruance continued the push across the Pacific with victories at the Gilberts, Marshalls, Marianas, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and the Philippine Sea. Following World War II, Raymond Spruance was appointed as Ambassador to the Philippines by President Harry S. Truman. Admiral Spruance received many decorations or awards in his career including the Navy Cross, the Army and Navy Distinguished Service Medals, and the World War I and II Victory Medals. Multiple versions of the USS Spruance were named in his honor. The first ship of the Spruance class of destroyers and later, the 61st ship of the Arleigh Burke class of destroyers were both named in his honor.
Bio by: '82 VFL
Margaret Vance Dean Spruance
1888–1985 (m. 1914)
WORLD WAR I & II
NAVY CROSS - DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL & GOLD STAR - NAVY CORPS MEDAL