JUSTIN R SPISTO
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HONORED ON PANEL 13W, LINE 83 OF THE WALL

JUSTIN RICHARD SPISTO

WALL NAME

JUSTIN R SPISTO

PANEL / LINE

13W/83

DATE OF BIRTH

07/23/1941

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KIEN GIANG

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/04/1970

HOME OF RECORD

PATCHOGUE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Suffolk County

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CAPT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JUSTIN RICHARD SPISTO
POSTED ON 4.22.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Cap Justin Spisto, Thank you for your service as a Special Forces Qualified Infantry Unit Commander. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Happy Easter, and Passover. Time moves quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 3.4.2021
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Silver Star Medal Award

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain (Infantry) Justin R. Spisto, United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company D, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. Captain Spisto distinguished himself on 4 March 1970 during an operation to interdict the inflation of enemy troops into the Republic of Vietnam. Acting as task force commander, Captain Spisto coordinated allied air and ground forces that afternoon from his command and control helicopter. Before inserting his strike force troops into the area of operation, Captain Spisto made repeated low-level passes over the wooded infiltration route marking enemy positions with smoke grenades in preparation for tactical air strikes. When much of the ordnance dropped on the enemy failed to detonate effectively, Captain Spisto quickly directed helicopter gunships to the target area. He then inserted his ground forces and moved them into the woods where the enemy were positioned. The strike force troops were immediately met with extremely heavy fire and, sustaining many casualties, were forced to withdraw from the woods, dragging their wounded with them. Observing that the ground troops had pulled back to untenable ground, Captain Spisto called for troop reinforcements and further air strikes. He issued instructions to his ground commanders which assisted them in quickly reorganizing their forces and evacuating their wounded. Captain Spisto then directed his helicopter back over the enemy positions in order to locate a wounded allied soldier who had been left behind and to remark targets for additional air strikes. While making a low pass over the target area, Captain Spisto was critically wounded by enemy ground fire. He died shortly after having been brought to rear medical facilities. Captain Spisto's gallantry in action, at the cost of his life, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
See https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/143353
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POSTED ON 2.22.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Captain Justin Richard Spisto, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 11.4.2011

If I should die...remembhrances for CAPT. Justin Richard SPISTO, USA...who died for our country!!!!!

If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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POSTED ON 3.4.2011
POSTED BY: LTG (Ret) Mike Canavan

We Served Together

Justine and I arrived in Vietnam at the same time (1969) and were assigned to the Mekong Delta with the 5th SFG although in different units. I saw Justine a number of times at Chi Lang (B-43. He was not only a great Soldier but also a great guy. Very professional with always a smile on his face. The day he was killed was a day of enormous sadness for all. He is missed. 41 years...hard to believe. Rest well my friend.
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