The U.S. army never leaves its men behind. They do everything possible to bring the men and women killed in battle home even if it takes decades. They never forget.
In that spirit, Jack Mckie legion member of Post 1285 of the American Legion in Bayville suggested that the Robert Spittel Post begin to honor the men of the community who were killed in action. The first to receive such honor was 2nd Lt. William L. Davis killed on August 7, 1945.
PFC Robert H. Spittel was honored Dec. 8th at 9:00 AM at the War Memorial on Bayville Ave., Bayville. Robert H. Spittel was born April 29, 1923 and killed in action Dec. 8, 1944 on the island of Leyte in the Philippines. The Post bears his name and his father Herman Spittel was its first Commander.
The other brave soldiers to be so honored will be:
Sgt. James A. Harrington – March 28, 1968
Cpl. Frederick E. Scheidt – April 1, 1945
Capt. John R. Minutoli – April 6, 1967
Specialist 4 William R. Sanzoverino – May 7, 1968
Capt. Thomas J. Jozefowski – June 25, 1972
Warrant Officer Donald L. Deliplane – June 28, 1971.
“O God, teach us to honor them by ever cherishing the ideals for which they fought. Keep us steadfast in the cause of human rights and liberties, of law and order and true Americanism.” – Part of the prayer offered at each of these ceremonies by Chaplain Richard Kita.
Source: Locust Valley Leader, Dec. 12, 2018 by Victoria Siegel.