S2 Edward Charles Amspacher

S2 Edward Charles Amspacher

Birth
Death 13 Oct 1943 (aged 19)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
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Memorial ID 56245314 · View Source
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THE GETTYSBURG TIMES, GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1943, PAGE FIVE

HANOVERIAN MISSING
Edward C. Amspacher, Hanover sailor aboard the U.S. Destroyer Bristol when it was sunk in the Mediterranean last Wednesday, is missing. The nineteen-year-old youth's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Amspacher, York street, Hanover, received notification Monday morning from Rear Admiral Randall Jacobs, chief of naval personnel.

Per http://navylog.navymemorial.org Ship's Tribute website:

While escorting a convoy to Oran, Algeria, Bristol (DD-453) was struck by an enemy torpedo on the port side at the forward engine room, causing the ship to break in half. Only one explosion occurred. No fires resulted, but steam, electrical power, and communications were lost. Eight minutes after the explosion Bristol was ordered abandoned when the after section sank and four minutes later the bow section went down. Bristol suffered the loss of 52 of her crew, including EDWARD CHARLES AMSPACHER. The survivors were rescued by Trippe (DD-403) and Wainwright (DD-419).

Submitted by
Eric Ackerman

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USNR WORLD WAR II
Seaman 2nd Class, Edward C. Amspacher MIA/KIA
Official Date of Death: 14-Oct-44
Hometown: Hanover, Pennsylvania
Service # 8207335
Awards: Purple Heart, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Captain: Cdr John A. Glick

Ship: USS Bristol (DD 453)
Mission: convoy escort
Mission Date: 13-Oct-43
Location: 37° 19'N, 6° 19'E - Grid CH 9631 70 miles west-northwest of Bone, Algeria
Cause: Sunk by U-371 (Waldemar Mehl)
Complement: 293 officers and men (52 dead and 241 survivors)

Completed in October 1941. USS Bristol (DD 453) participated in the following landings: North Africa, Sicily and Salerno. On 11 Sep, 1943, the destroyer rescued 70 survivors from USS Rowan (DD 405), which had been sunk by German torpedo boats off Salerno. USS Bristol (DD 453) received three battle stars for her World War 2 service.

Notes on event
At 04.17 hours on 13 Oct, 1943, USS Bristol (DD 453) was struck by a Gnat from U-371 on the port side at the forward engine room, while escorting a small convoy to Oran, Algeria. The ship broke in two and had to be abandoned, while the stern sank after eight and the bow after twelve minutes 70 miles west-northwest of Bone, Algeria. Five officers and 47 ratings were lost. The commander, 15 officers and 218 ratings were rescued by USS Trippe (DD 403) and one officer and six ratings by USS Wainwright (DD 419).

Crew
Joseph F. Althoff
Edward C. Amspacher
Frank J. Angione
William M. Averill
Floyd W. Bailey
Ward L. Bailey
Ward L. Bailey
Jack W. Barnes
Joshua W. Baxley
Taylor Billett
Harland R. Bowdey
Columbus P. Brewster
Franklin J. De Fluiter
Henry De Vera
Wilfred C. Dubois
Stanley T. Dunaj
Bruce W. Edens
Q. D. Fitzgerald
John J. Flanagan
Eilis O. Fors
Elmer A. Glaze
Cdr John A. Glick
Charles A. Heidenrich
Charles W. Heizer
William H. Hiers
Raymond J. Hindrichs
Christopher L. Holthusen Jr.
James A. Howison
Norman D. Johnson
Lloyd W. Jones Jr.
Adam Kacewich
Francis N. Kerridge Jr.
Francis N. Kerridge Jr.
Joseph F. Kufner
Hoyt Lane
Euell C. Littleton
Orville J. Lund
Orville J. Lund
Louis A. Manzerra
Louis A. Manzerra
James F. Martin
John J. Mcdermott
James J. McGrail
Donald O. Mckee
Winthrop W. Mellen Jr.
Michael A. Migliore
Leslie H. Neville
Peter O'Haus
Russel L. Petri
Frank W. Rankin
Gerald B. Riegel
Gerald B. Riegel
Raymond J. Riley
Michael J. Safian Jr.
Roy R. Strieter
Roy R. Strieter
Roy R. Strieter
Roger W. D. Veilleux
Roger W. D. Veilleux
Marvin O. Whitters
Jim B. Wood


Family Members

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Pennsylvania.

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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56245314
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for S2 Edward Charles Amspacher (2 Feb 1924–13 Oct 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56245314, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .