John Spellman

[24 JUN 1929 - L2 - 20578 - 14 JAN 2014]

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Matt Schepps and John Spellman
[APR 2010]



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Peters - Spellman - Mrs. Louis Verreault - O'Connor's
(USNA '55) - Alfonse Verreault - ? [1987 FDD]



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[15th Reunion - 1970]

Row 8: Auer - McNair - Street - Wix - Row 7: Horst - Paul Parks - ? - Dugan - Grubbs - Domeck - Bliss - Row 6: Howie Stone - Newton - Booras - Strom - McDonald - Row 5: Fikaris - Schick - Gallup - Cardillo - Wheeler - Masson - Row 4: Katenbrink - Spellman - Joseph - ? - Schlotter - Row 3: Bergen - Fralen - ? - Andrews - Dunaway - Bob Johnson - Jim Ryan - Row 2: Bean - Strati - Soper - Jeter - Wiegand - Lenio - Price - Row 1: Prater - Thorsen - Meisenheimer - Reid - Zaborowski - Feagin - Joe Franklin

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[10th Reunion - 1965]

Standing [L to R]: Weaver - Lewis - Turner - Chikalla - Gallup - O'Brien - Freed - Hadly - Wix - ? - Streett - ? - Reb Young - Quinn - Lenio - ? - Perkins - Thorsen - ? - Nieves - Sherman - Burroughs - Giza - Traut - Sloan - Gay - Paul Parks - Andrews - Ginter - Bates - McNair - ? - Lichtenberg - Nidever - Secord - Feagin - Cathey - Herren - ? - ? - Ludwig - ? - ? - ? - Ralls - ? - Shimunek - Macdonald - ? - ? - ? - ? - ? - Bob Strickland - Front [L to R]: Soper - Newton - Dax - Chance - Schmidt - Shideler - Bergen - Matteson - Hargrove - Hornbarger - Steakley - Stevens - Drummond - Rudzki - Knierem - Wargowsky - ? - Stern - ? - ? - Livesay - Dickson - Michalove - Hagan - Landers - ? - Blitch - ? - Cardillo - Ordway - Trobaugh - Crancer - Maus - LaFrenz - Sydenham - Strom - ? - Howie Stone - Schepps - Raymond - Spellman - Sanderson ? - Wray - Fikaris - Stevenson - Sims - ?

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L-2 Firsties - 1st Row: Goldstein - Hardy - Schlotter - Faurer - Cutchin - Landers - 2nd Row: Mayson - Darrah - Volkstadt - Barker - 3rd Row: Herren - Karnes - Doerr - Smetana - 4th Row: McNerney - Maus - Spellman - Schepps - Sydenham (CO)



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Bill Maus - Tom Herren - John Spellman
[Air Force Trip - 1953]



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John Spellman - Bob Carpenter - Bill Bottoms - John Giddings - Reed Stone - Bob Russell - John Reed [Signal Corps Movie - 1951]



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Jack Viney - Mike Brown - John Spellman - Bob Carpenter - Bill Bottoms -
John Giddings - Reed Stone [Signal Corps Movie - 1951]



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2012 AOG Online Register Entry

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John Gill Spellman

John Gill Spellman was born on 24 June 1929 in Norwich, Connecticut, appointed to West Point by Senator McMahon of Connecticut and entered on 5 July 1950. He was discharged on 2 January 1951 for deficiency in Mathematics, was reexamined in March 1951, declared proficient and joined the Class of 1955 on 30 August 1951. He was in Company L 2, a Corporal his Second Class year and the Company First Sergeant his First Class year. He was on the boxing and football teams his Fourth Class year. He graduated on 7 June 1955 and commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army in the Infantry.


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John G. Spellman


Lieutenant Colonel John G. Spellman (US Army-Retired), 84, of Pasadena, Maryland, passed away peacefully at HeartHomes in Pasadena on Jan. 14, 2014.

LTC Spellman retired from active duty in 1983 after 28 years of dedicated service. Following retirement from his Army career, he joined the Vinnell Corp. for two years, helping to train the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG). Proficient in Arabic, he had already been an advisor to the SANG during active duty.

John G. Spellman was born June 24, 1929 in Norwich, Connecticut to Esther and Nicholas Spellman, a Connecticut State Senator. He played varsity basketball and baseball during high school at the Norwich Free Academy and was a member of the 1945 Championship football team. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with the class of 1955.

John's Army career ranged from the USA and multiple locations abroad. One of his memorable early assignments was in the Honor Guard Company of the 3d U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) at Fort Myer, Virginia, 1958-1961. He participated in ceremonies from high ranking funerals in Arlington National Cemetery, to foreign dignitary arrivals in Washington. He also was a member of The White House Social staff, composed of eligible bachelors from all military services who supported official ceremonies for the President at The White House.

Upon final retirement John returned to his native New England, until his advancing age led to him being lovingly cared for by his daughter Astrid in Maryland for the final decade of his life.

John had an effortless charm and an easy smile for everyone he met, which belied a fierce personal discipline and ethic. He is deeply missed. John is survived by, a son Erik Spellman, and a daughter Astrid Frey, her husband Michael Frey, and three grandchildren: Ryan, Owen, and Anne-Lise Frey. His funeral service, with full military honors, is scheduled for June at Arlington National Cemetery.


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LCA Report on the Passing and Final Honors for our Classmate, John Spellman, Company L2

Arlington National Cemetery - 11:00AM - Thursday - July 17, 2014

John Spellman, USMA Class of 1955, passed away on Jan 14, 2014, at the Heart Homes Assisted Living Facility in Pasadena, MD, following a decade of ill health. In accordance with his wishes, he was laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, hallowed ground upon and near which he had served for three years as a young Lieutenant in the Honor Guard Company of the Third US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). Attending his funeral were four members of the Class of 1955, and one spouse, from four different companies and both the lst and 2d Regiments. Representing L2, was Matt Schepps who was the last classmate to visit John in the final years of his life, as chronicled by the picture on John's webpage on the Class website. Also attending were, Don Hilbert, F2, former Commander of the Old Guard and the Military District of Washington, who had served with John in their early days; Hugh Quinn, D2, who was in town for a family visit; and Carl McNair, E1. Don Hilbert was accompanied by his wife, Carla.

In all, there were almost 100 people present, including key family members, led by Astrid Frey, John's daughter and next-of-kin who assisted him in his final years and handled the final arrangements along with her husband, Commander Michael Frey, USNR, and John's three grandchildren, Ryan, Owen, and Anne. John's son, Erik, was also present and delivered touching remarks of remembrance of his dad at the gravesite, following the rendering of honors, Taps and the final rifle salute.

In addition to the Third Infantry soldiers on the Funeral Detail, there were other Old Guard officer representatives who paid their respects to their fallen comrade including COL Johnny K. Davis, the current Third Infantry Commander, as well as other retired members of the Regiment and now members of the Old Guard Association. COL Davis, not only attended the funeral, but also joined the luncheon/reception following at the Fort Myer Officers Club to pay his respects to the family and other attendees and express his thanks for John's service to our Army and the Old Guard.

As reflected in his military record, John had a full career with a number of outstanding assignments including Aide to Chief of Staff, EUCOM, Commander of a Training Battalion at Fort Dix, NJ, Senior Advisor to the Saudi Arabian National Guard, joint duty with CINCLANT and SACLANT in Norfolk, VA, culminating his career at HQ TRADOC in 1983, where he was awarded the Legion of Merit upon his retirement after 28 years of active duty. And perhaps, a special assignment and honor accorded few of our graduates; John was selected for special duty as a White House Social Aide during his tour in the National Guard Bureau in the Pentagon, 1966-68, prior to his assignment in Vietnam with the lst Cavalry Division, 1968-69. Preceding John as a White House aide, also during President Lyndon B. Johnson's Administration, was another outstanding classmate, Ted Gay, Company K2, both "flankers" and handsome young Captains in their full Mess Dress, as they escorted dignitaries through the receiving line for official White House functions.

"ZIP", as we all knew him, was a valued member of our Class of 1955 and will be remembered by his many friends and especially the tight-knit members of Company L2. May he now rest in peace, having done his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty, both in war and in peace - maintaining the standards of the Corps and the Corps and the Corps - always embracing the motto of our Alma Mater - DUTY - HONOR - COUNTRY!

Submitted by Matt Schepps, L2, and Carl McNair, E1


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