Report of Changes of USS Springfield

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Report of Changes of USS Springfield

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U.S.S. Springfield Personnel List


World War, 1939-1945


The Report of Changes listing the Navy personnel on the USS Springfield on September 9, 1944. The form includes the name, service number, rank, date and place of enlistment, and the branch of service for each person.

A notable person listed in the report is Willard Kenneth Paeplow. Paeplow was born on June 6, 1926, in Buffalo, New York. On April 21, 1944, just before his eighteenth birthday, he joined the United States Navy, where he served until June 1947. During his enlistment, Paeplow served on the USS Springfield (CL-66). He was present when the ship escorted President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the Malta Conference in January 1945. Paeplow enlisted in the United States Navy again in June 1964, and served another twenty-two years, before retiring in June 1986. He passed away on April 22, 1993, and is buried in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program Project. The program engaged a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for k-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 gravesites at the Florida National Cemetery, where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.


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Digital reproduction of original report of changes.


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Originally created and published by the Naval Transportation Service.

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Ortiz, Samuel
Cravero, Geoffrey

External Reference

Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 9, 2017.
Black, Jeremy. World War Two: A Military History. London [u.a]: Routledge, 2003.


Naval Transportation Service, “Report of Changes of USS Springfield,” RICHES, accessed May 26, 2024,