Crew list of Ships hit by U-boats

Lee B. Spearman

USN. American

Born  1 Nov 1923

Roster information listed for Lee B. Spearman

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
ExcelloSteam merchantGunner’s Mate13 Nov 1942U-181 (1)

Personal information

Lee B. Spearman was in the shower when the torpedo struck Excello and gave his life vest to another sailor who could not swim staying on board to locate another. He later remembered how U-181 surfaced and the Germans told them which way to sail to reach land. After coming home and meeting his future wife, he served in the Pacific aboard USS The Sullivans.


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