(1939-1945) WWII
Franklinville NJ USA
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Battle of Leyte Gulf: October 23–26, 1944
7/23/2019 1:24:32 PM
My uncle, William J. Spencer was from Gloucester City, NJ. He was on the USS Princeton CVL-23.
He helped build, served and died aboard the "Peerless P" as he fondly called her. He helped build her while working in the Camden, NJ shipyard. On October 24, a lone enemy dive bomber dropped a single bomb. The fires spread to the magazine causing a devastating explosion that doomed the ship. Ironically, October 24 is my birthday and I was always my grandparents favorite. I asked my father if this could be why and he said yes. My grandmother told him when God takes one away, he replaces them with another. I never knew about this until I was about 40 years old. I am now 62 and will never forget it.
Santa Rosa CA USA
Posts: 950
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Battle of Leyte Gulf: October 23–26, 1944
7/24/2019 12:19:42 AM
Initially started out as a Cleveland class cruiser, CL-61 Tallahassee, then reclassified as CV(-23) carrier, she would eventually become CVL-23 USS Princeton in July 1943. USS Princeton served well during her time earning 9 battle stars. During the Princeton fire-fighting from the one lone bomb hit, which would eventually bring-about the sinking of the Princeton, the cruiser USS Birmingham CL-62 came along side to assist. Shortly thereafter an internal explosion rocked the Princeton and devastated the Birmingham killing and maiming hundreds.

With greatest respect to your Uncle and all the other men of the USS Princeton.

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Franklinville NJ USA
Posts: 12
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Battle of Leyte Gulf: October 23–26, 1944
7/25/2019 9:37:38 AM
Thank you. I think more men were killed aboard the Birmingham than the Princeton. If anyone is interested, there is an excellent book about the sinking titled: "Carrier Down - The sinking of the USS Princeton CVL-23".
San Diego CA USA
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Battle of Leyte Gulf: October 23–26, 1944
4/21/2020 7:42:59 PM
The movie, "Flat Top," gives a dramatized account of the sinking of Princeton as well as the life of Vice Admiral John Madison Hoskins played by Stirling Hayden.
On YouTube:
Michigan Dave
Muskegon MI USA
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Battle of Leyte Gulf: October 23–26, 1944
5/5/2020 8:20:09 PM
Here you go guys, "The Battle of Leyte Gulf, 360. comments??

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