Cdr John Orin Speer

Cdr John Orin Speer

Birth
McKees Rocks, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 11 Sep 1943 (aged 35)
At Sea
Burial Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
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Memorial ID 56314657 · View Source
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Husband of Edith Bower Speer who resided in Annapolis, Maryland during the war.

John served as a Commander, U.S.S. Savannah (CL-42), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Pennsylvania prior to the war.

During the Invasion of Salerno, John was "Killed In Action" when the Savannah was hit by a German radio-controlled Fritz X glide-bomb which pierced the armored turret roof of Savannah's No. 3 gun turret, passed through three decks into the lower ammunition-handling room, where it exploded, blowing a hole in her keel and tearing a seam in the cruiser's port side.

John was buried at sea and was awarded the Legion of Merit and a Purple Heart.

Service # O-071532


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56314657
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cdr John Orin Speer (25 May 1908–11 Sep 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56314657, citing Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial, Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .