John E. Spitler
|John E. Spitler||
Joined Jul 19 2011
72 years old
The Villages, Fl. 32162
08/01/63 enlisted in USMC and sent to MCRD San Diego.
08/14/64 graduated ARO School at MCAS Cherry Point.
10/18/64 reported to VMGR-152 at Iwakuni, RO/Loadmaster on KC-130F's. My first landing in Vietnam was at Danang (via Kadena and Cubi Pt.) on 11/13/64.
04/05/65 transferred to H&MS-16 in Danang. Flew on C117D's "Trans Paddy Airways". We flew re-supply, med-evacs, dignitaries, ARVN troops, VC prisoners, and took Marines on R&R to Hong Kong and Bangkok.
11/25/65 reported to VMGR-352 at El Toro. Volunteered for Detachment at Futema and Danang as often as I could. Last landing in Vietnam was 07/01/67. Finished with a total of 647 landings in Vietnam and 2382 flight hours on 130's and 350 on 117's.
07/31/67 received discharge. Became an Ohio State Highway Patrolman, and ironically, fought Vietnam War protestors on Ohio's college campuses.