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Ed Spada


I grew up in northern NJ and was drafed in November of 1965. Went through basic training at Ft. Hood Texas assigned to Battery A 3/19th Artillery, 1st Armored Div. Completed basic the end of January 1966 and only did a partial AIT at Ft. Hood because I qualified for Combat Engineer OCS. Was tranfered to Ft. Jackson SC for another partial AIT but have forgotten the unit.

In May of '66 I began OCS at Ft. Belvior VA with class 108/A. graduated in October of '66, commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Transportation Corps. Due to a service related injury I was deemed unable to serve in a combat arm. After a short leave was assigned to Ft. Eustis VA to partake of the Transportation Officer Basic Course. Upon graduation was assigned to a line company at Ft. Eustis.

Received orders for Vietnam in July 1967. Arrived in country on January 13, 1968 and was assigned to the 565th Transportation Co. (TS) at Cam Ranh Bay. Was only there for a few weeks when the company was deployed to Da Nang and attached to the navy working the deep water piers. After about five months we were no longer needed and the entire company deployed again. This time to the Mekong Delta. While in the Delta the company was divided into four parts. I stayed with the main contingent at an outpost between Can Tho and Binh Tuy. The other three groups consisted of a junior officer, an NCO and about thirty enlisted men. They were stationed at My Tho, Vinh Long and Dong Tam respectively. We were all in support of army and navy units in our respective areas.

Sometime in October of '68 I assumed command of the company and was promoted to Captain. I finished my tour in January of 1969 and rotated back to the states. After a thirty day leave I reported to Ft. Sill OK where I was assigned as S-4 of the Artillery School Brigade. I continued in that capacity until my release from active duty in October of that year.

I returned to NJ where I met my future wife. We married, moved to Vermont where we lived for twenty-four years and raised a family. Moved to Maryland and we are now happly retired.

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