Howard Ray Spitzer

Private First Class
Army of the United States
15 March 1948 - 18 May 1968
Paris, Michigan
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Howard Ray Spitzer

27 Jan 2003


by a high school friend and fellow soldier,
Dave Walston
13 Jan 2005

My name is Vincent A. Gabriel, Jr. I served with Howard Spitzer in 1968 with C Company, 2nd of the 18th, 1st Infantry Division. Like Howard, I also walked point. I have spent many days trying to find someone who knew him - and today I found this memorial.

I was there the day he died - I was supposed to walk point that day but was told not to. There were three of us who usually walked point. On the day that Howard was killed I walked up to the front of the file, expecting to walk point which is what I usually did most days. I carried an M-16 rifle and that day the three of us all had M-16s. I don't remember who gave the order but it was decided that there was a need for someone who carried an M-79 grenade launcher to also walk point that day. I was told not to walk point and was ordered to walk a flank position. I had three friends walking point that day - I'm sorry but I can't remember all of the names except for Howard's. One of the guys who was up on point we nicknamed the "Winemaker" - the other I wish I could remember.

If there is anyone out there who also walked point with Howard or was there the day he was killed or anyone who knew him - please contact me at the address below.

Rest in Peace.

Vincent A. Gabriel Jr.
C Co, 2nd of the 18th, 1st Infantry Division, 1968

12 Oct 2007

I've produced a 55 minute documentary based on my experiences in Vietnam and part of the documentary is devoted to Howard and the day he died. I've include pictures that Howard's brother Paul sent me in the video. I served with Howard and was in the field with him when he was killed. I am posting a link to that video which is called "11 Bravo Vietnam - a soldier's story" with hopes that it will give some insight as to what we as soldiers went through. Please feel free to pass the link on to others. I would appreciate any feedback - thoughts or feelings - from anyone who views the documentary ... thanks. God bless Howard and his family.

Vincent A. Gabriel

Vincent A. Gabriel Jr.
C Co, 2nd Bn, 18th Infantry, 1968
12 Oct 2005

My name is Howard W. Spitzer. Howard Ray Spitzer was my uncle, who was killed in action before I was born. My father (Paul Spitzer) named me after him. I was always told what a good person he was and I was touched when I came across this memorial. Thank you for remembering him with this memorial.

From his nephew,
Howard W. Spitzer

19 Oct 2005

My son told me about this memorial and I can't tell you how much it touched my heart. My brother was a good man. He was more of a man at 20 years of age than any man I've met. I'm 55 years old now. I was 17 when Howard was killed. You never do get over it, but this much I've known, I know that there is a God in heaven who watches over us and one day, through faith in Jesus Christ, I will see my brother again. Thanks so much and may the LORD richly bless you.

From his brother,
Paul William Spitzer

18 May 2007

May 18th 2007 - 39 years ago today and counting - We will never forget. We still celebrate Howard's life in our memories. We don't sing a dirge and mourn as though we have no hope. On the contrary we rejoice because just as Jesus Christ rose from the grave, we too will be resurrected to eternal life and then, oh what a day that will be. There will be no more tears, and no more death, no more sorrow for all these things shall pass away. Death has no victory here!

1 Corinthians 15:53-57:

�For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.�

From Howard's brother,
Paul W. Spitzer
5510 Sapphire Loop, Anchorage, Alaska

22 Oct 2005

My name is Paul Raymond Spitzer. Howard Raymond Spitzer was my Uncle. Another individual by the name of Howard Spitzer, who posted a memorial prior to me, is my brother. I have heard many great things about my Uncle through my family. My father once told me that Uncle Howard went to serve so he didn't have to. If my Uncle wasn't so giving, it could be very possible that my brother and I wouldn't be here today. Thank you for remembering.

From his nephew,
Paul Raymond Spitzer

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 27 Jan 2003
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