December 7, 1941 may well be forever remembered as a date that will live in infamy, but December 7, 2010 will be remembered as a day when a local veteran received a surprise visit and some special recognition.
James E. Spangler, 89, comes from a long line of family members, a dozen in all, who have served in the United States armed forces between World War I and Desert Storm.
Their names are all posted on the walls of the kitchen of the Greenville home where Spangler lives with his two daughters, Dee Holt and Cathy Gilbert.
Spangler himself was born and raised in Leonard. He was working in construction when World War II broke out, and given his family’s dedication to service, Spangler decided to enlist, choosing the U.S. Coast Guard.
“That was my mother’s bright idea,” Spangler said.
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