Elmer F. Spina

Philadelphia Memorial Panel: Panel 29
National Memorial Panel / Row: East 13 / 111
Date of Birth: 23-Oct-1946
Neighborhood: South Philadelphia
High School: South Philadelphia High School
Street: Latona Street
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: PFC
Date of Casualty: 02-Jan-1967
Province of Casualty: Binh Duong
"He was a big, handsome kid, six-foot-two, 200 pounds. He loved cars," recalled a sister of the 1955 South Philadelphia High School graduate. Spina enlisted in the Army in the fall of 1965. The 20-year-old private first class, a rifleman, was assigned to Company C of the 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, in Vietnam. He died on Jan, 2, 1967, when the reconnaisance party for which he had volunteered came under fire. Survivors included his parents and two sisters,