Spanjer, Ralph, MGen

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Primary MOS
9903-General Officer
Last MOSGroup
Specific Billet MOS
Primary Unit
1976-1978, 9903, HQ FMFLANT/MarForLant (Marine Forces Command)
Service Years
1941 - 1978
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Tailhook Certificate

Major General


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 Personal Details 

Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Delafield, WI

Date of Passing
Feb 08, 1999
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

COMSIXTHFLT Badge USMC Retired Pin (30 Years)

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal US Navy Honorable Discharge Southeast Asia War Games

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
MajGen Spanjer retired from the USMC on Jan. 1, 1978 after 36-years of a very active career.
Other Comments:
In 1978, MajGen Spanjer became the Superintendent of the Marine Military Academy.  He stayed in that position until 1984.  After moving to North Carolina, and then Alaska, he accepted the position of President of St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in WI in 1994.  In this position he oversaw the merger of the Academy with Northwestern Military and Naval Academy in Lake Geneva, WI.
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 Ribbon Bar
Pilot Wings

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Navy Recruit Training (Norfolk, VA), X
  1942, The Basic School (Quantico, VA), X
 Unit Assignments
US NavyNaval Flight TrainingVMF-441Amphibious Warfare School
MARTD NAS Glenview, ILVMF-223USMC (United States Marine Corps)VMF(AW)-114
VMF-115VMF-324Aviation UnitsMAG-13
1st MAWIII MAF2nd MAWHQ FMFLANT/MarForLant (Marine Forces Command)
  1941-1942, US Navy
  1942-1942, 7599, Naval Flight Training
  1942-1945, 7503, VMF-441
  1945-1946, 9965, US Navy/6th Fleet
  1946-1946, 9905, Amphibious Warfare School
  1946-1949, 9905, MARTD NAS Glenview, IL
  1949-1950, 7503, VMF-223
  1950-1951, 9905, USAF Air War College Maxwell AFB AL
  1951-1952, 7503, VMF(AW)-114
  1952-1953, 7302, VMF-115
  1953-1954, 7503, VMF-324
  1954-1955, 7503, Aviation Units
  1955-1968, 9907, USMC (United States Marine Corps)/Commands
  1968-1969, 9907, MAG-13
  1969-1969, 9903, 1st MAW
  1972-1973, 9903, III MAF
  1974-1976, 9903, 2nd MAW
  1976-1978, 9903, HQ FMFLANT/MarForLant (Marine Forces Command)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Eastern Solomons (Stewart Island)
  1944-1944 Eastern Mandates Campaign (1944)/Operation Flintlock
  1944-1944 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Peleliu
  1945-1945 Ryukyus Campaign (1945)/Battle for Okinawa
  1945-1945 US Occupation of Japan
  1952-1953 Korean War
  1953-1953 Korean War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1972-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
  1973-1971 Vietnam War/Consolidation I Campaign (1971)
 Colleges Attended
New York UniversityAir Command and Staff College
  1938-1941, New York University
  1950-1951, Air Command and Staff College
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