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Lieut John Gates Spindler
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Birth: Feb. 1, 1946
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Death: Apr. 21, 1968
Quang Tri
Quang Tri, Vietnam

In Loving Memory of ... 2Lt. John Gates Spindler.
*** John has a memorial stone at Resurrection Cemetery in St Louis, MO. PH - Posted by: Robert Sage

*** On April 21, 1968, he was killed by enemy artillery fire while fighting in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in me, your brother, sisters and those who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!

JOHN GATES SPINDLER - Marine Corps - 2LT - O1
Age: 22
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Feb 1, 1946
Marital Status: Single - Parents: Father, Philip W. Spindler of University City, MO. and Mother, Leona Gates Spindler of University City, MO.

***** I was with Lt. Spindler when he was killed. I was his Plt. Sgt. at the time. Having served two tours in Nam Lt. Spindler was the best officer that I had the pleasure of serving under. There were several others killed at the same time. Lt. Spindler came to Nam with the current Commandant of the Marine Corps. General Jones. Both men were Plt. Commanders, and 2nd Lts. at the time.If John had lived, who knows what success he may have achieved? I will Miss Him
George Brondsema

***** ( Picture ) - Soldier's memorial located along Chestnut Street in St. Louis, MO.
Tablets in foreground bear the names of soldiers from the City of St. Louis that gave their lives in military service during the Vietnam Conflict.
Above the names reads: "Those Who Made The Supreme Sacrifice In Vietnam".

***** 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,
Bob Seitz

2LT - O1 - Marine Corps - Regular
Length of service 2 years
His tour began on Apr 21, 1968
Casualty was on Apr 21, 1968

Body was not recovered
Panel 51E - Line 25

Other Personnel in Incident: G Co, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marines
2ndLt John G. Spindler, St Louis, MO (Body not Recovered)
LCpl Michael G. Turner, Mc Minnville, OR
LCpl David P. Zimmerman, Pasadena, CA
Pfc Gary A. Chabert, Metairie, LA
Pfc John L. Coleman, Charlotte, NC [gunshot wounds]

On April 21, 1968, he was killed by enemy artillery fire while fighting in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam.

Co G Platoon vicinity XD927443 received 2 incoming rounds believed to be 122mm rockets.

The rockets ignited a pile of ammunition that had been staged in the LZ resulting in 4 USMC KIA, 7 USMC WIA (evac), and 1 WIA (not evac).

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.

His remains were not recovered.


Family links: 
  Philip W Spindler (____ - 1991)
Resurrection Cemetery *
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Plot: GPS is for Hawaii Memorial
GPS (lat/lon): 21.31323, -157.84734
*Cenotaph [?]
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Jun 16, 2012
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Lieut John Gates Spindler
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~Angel Day Blessings~Heavenly Peace~
- Kerstin
 Added: Apr. 22, 2016
With honor and respect. ★☆★
- sniksnak
 Added: Apr. 21, 2016

- Maja
 Added: Apr. 21, 2016
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