Defenders of the Philippines

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Harold Spooner, ADBC Commander



First ADBC Commander, 1946


Harold SpoonerHarold Spooner was born Nov. 15, 1909.  He enlisted in the US Army March 10, 1928. He served in various military posts through 1939.  He was assigned to 31st Infantry, Manila 1939.  He achieved the rank of first sergeant, sergeant major, 1st Battalion, 31st Infantry.

From Dec. 8, 1941 to April 9, 1941, he moved back to Bataan and fought the battle to surrender.  He escaped from March 11 to March 1942 and made it to Corregidor on a hollow log.

He was assigned to the defense of Hooker Point.  Once captured he was in the 92nd Garage Area, the Clark Field Revetment Construction and Japan shoveling ore in a manganese factory.

He returned to the US in 1945 at Fort Devens Hospital.  He married Adale E. Nollette in March of 1946 and they had two sons.
Harold Spooner Picture
He served in the Korean War as well as World War II.  He retired from military service Aug. 1, 1955.  He served as administrator of the Army Reserve for 16 years and retired in 1976.  Harold attended ADBC Conventions faithfully until three years before his death.  He passed away Jan. 16, 2005 and is buried at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA.