USS HOUSTON CA 30
“The galloping Ghost of the
Charles LaRoy Spencer
LaRoy Spencer was born November 20, 1920 in
was about 5’10” tall, fair complexion, with reddish brown hair and blue eyes
that “twinkled,” according to his mother. He attended
Outgoing and always looking for the next opportunity
to make someone laugh, he snuck onto the stage
at the local theater at a fairly young age and stood directly behind the
announcer, mimicking his every movement and gesture, much to the amusement of
the audience and the chagrin of the poor, unknowing announcer. His closest
friend was his brother, Willard E. “Will” Spencer,
who now resides in
1937 Charles joined the National Guard in
following poem was written by Charles’ father, Willard E. Spencer, Sr. shortly
after being advised of his son’s death/missing status, when very few details
By Willard Ernest Spencer, Sr.
Our flag is dipped to honor
Our noble dead and brave;
Through out the nation, flowers
Are strewn upon their grave.
They fire salutes and beat the drums,
And march with muffled tread;
With faces grim yet saddened hearts,
Above their buddies head.
We too, would honor those who died,
We too, would lay a wreath;
For a sailor lad who gave his life,
And lies the wave beneath.
The graves are strewn with flowers,
Yet none upon his grave;
For we know not where he’s lying,
As he sleeps beneath the wave.
We have his medals, two, or three,
A purple heart beside;
But we know not where they laid him,
And know not where he died.
sailed aboard the
Expendable was she;
They sank beneath the waters,
Deep in the
Though deep he lies and far away,
From flower studded land;
We know the Savior holds him,
In the hollow of His hand.
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