BOBBY L SPENCER
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HONORED ON PANEL 42W, LINE 2 OF THE WALL

BOBBY LEE SPENCER

WALL NAME

BOBBY L SPENCER

PANEL / LINE

42W/2

DATE OF BIRTH

12/10/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

OFFSHORE, PR&MR UNK.

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/23/1968

HOME OF RECORD

WILMINGTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

New Hanover County

STATE

NC

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

AN

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR BOBBY LEE SPENCER
POSTED ON 3.29.2019
POSTED BY: Maggie & Liz

My Real Grandfather on my Mother’s Side

Bobby, I never knew you, but looking at these pictures and all the memories I’ve seen in Ray’s scrapbook is touching. I wish I had known who were, Grandpa. Mom and I miss you very much. You died when my mom was 2, but she talks about you a lot. I hope you’re happy where you are now, I hope you’re smiling up in Heaven down on our whole family. Love you, Grandpa.
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POSTED ON 2.5.2018
POSTED BY: David Banks 305-304-1132

Best friend

I was there on the flight deck on the day of the accident I Helped putting Bobby on the stretcher to take him off the flight deck.
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POSTED ON 10.14.2017
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Casualty at Sea

Casualty at Sea
Near dusk on September 23, 1968, the carrier USS Intrepid (CVS-11) was conducting flight operations while underway in the Gulf of Tonkin. A Douglas A-4E Skyhawk (#152091) launched from the carrier suffered a generator failure and was forced to return. In the last few seconds before landing, the aircraft banked left, dropped its nose, and hit the Landing Signal Officers (LSO) platform, then tumbled into the sea. A cloud of steam rose where the Skyhawk hit the water. The pilot, LCDR David F. Callahan Jr., did not attempt an ejection, and was killed after his jet sank in 38 fathoms of water. The phone talker on the LSO, ABEAN Bobby L. Spencer, was grievously injured when the body of the Skyhawk hit the platform. He died shortly after in the ship’s operating room ten decks below. Another pilot, LT Robert W. Harris, was also killed while observing on the platform. Twenty-four hours later, at dusk on the 24th, a small memorial ceremony was held. Three wreaths were thrown into the South China Sea to honor the three who died in the crash. A prayer was said and “Taps” was played. Flight Operations resumed five minutes afterwards. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and the book “Who Are Those Guys?” by Thomas Mangan]
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POSTED ON 5.29.2017
POSTED BY: Ray Spencer

Still miss you

As my father's youngest brother, you were an uncle that any young boy longed to be around. I was only 13 when I found out you wouldn't be coming to take me swimming, fishing or crabbing anymore; but it seems as though it was just yesterday. Thank you, and God bless you on this Memorial Day 2017.
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POSTED ON 8.16.2016

thank you

Never knew you, but will never forget you.
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