The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to Stand in Honor for Capt. Gerry H. Spaulding, US Navy, Retired, and Vietnam Veteran for his services on Friday, Jan-6, 11:00AM at Pikes Peak National Cemetery, 10545 Drennan Rd., Colorado Springs, CO.
Gerry Spaulding had a decorated Naval career that spanned three decades. He joined the USNR (Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate) in 1965 while he finished college at Southern Colorado State and completed OCS (Officer Candidate School) in Pensacola, Florida. He was commissioned as an Officer in the USNR as Ensign Spaulding. In 1971 he was discharged from the USNR, and transferred to the US Navy as a Lieutenant. His USN career continued until his retirement in 1993. He was in the Vietnam War flying Market Time combat surveillance patrols in an effort to stop the flow of troops, war material, and supplies by sea, coast, and rivers, from North Vietnam into parts of South Vietnam and the South China Sea. He would spend two deployments in Naha, Okinawa and Naval Air Station Cubi Point, Philippines.
Awards & Decorations:
Navy Unit Commendation; Vietnam Service Medal: Vietnam Campaign Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation (2ndaward); National Defense Medal; Southwest Asia Medal W/Bronze Star; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (3rd Award); Defense Meritorious Medal; Navy Commendation; Joint Meritorious Unit Award Meritorious Unit Command (3 Bronze Stars); Navy Battle "E" Ribbon; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
10:15AM Stage, PPNC
10:30AM Relocate to Committal Shelter
10:45AM Briefing and prepare to set Flag Line
Gary 'Tin Man' Wetzel will serve as Ride Captain
Flags will be provided.