John Gates SpindlerSecond Lieutenant
G CO, 2ND BN, 3RD MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
01 February 1946 - 21 April 1968
St Louis, Missouri
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The database page for John Gates Spindler
John, you probably already know this, but your classmates at SLUH have renamed the Class of '63 Scholarship fund after you. I know this may not seem much to you, but it is our way of making sure that you will always be remembered, not only by us, but by future Junior Bills. We thank you for your ultimate sacrifice and we guarantee you that none of us will ever forget.
From a high school classmate,
11 Nov 2006
Happy Veteran's Day, John. It's another day to honor all our vets, but we think of you much more often than that. We will never forget what you have done for us. Semper Fi, good buddy.
From a high school buddy,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 2/3 Marines Chronology for April 1968 contains two entries regarding Golf 2/3's engagements on 21 April:
The first entry reflects 11 casualties incurred while Golf 2/3 was in a pick-up zone awaiting airlift to the day's objective area. A lucky enemy round ignited bulk munitions and the resulting detonations killed four Marines - and almost certainly reduced 2ndLt John Spindler's body to unidentifiable fragments.
Pfc John Coleman was the only Golf 2/3 Marine killed in the assault described in the second entry, but the cost was higher than the "1 USMC KIA" stated in the day's summary. Three Hotel 2/3 Marines died as a result of the assault. The eight men whose deaths are described in the two entries were
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 14 Jul 2006
Last updated 08/10/2009