LAKE VIEW, NY
RESIDENT, RETIRED US ARMY COLONEL
DONALD J. SPITTLER, SR.
INDUCTED INTO US ARMY ARTILLERY
OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL HALL OF FAME
Col. Donald Spittler
Lake View, NY (10/09/86)
Donald ("Duke") Spittler, a retired US Army colonel, was inducted into the US
Army Artillery Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame on October 8.
The citation to the Lake View resident signed by John M. Pickler,
Colonel Field Artillery Chief of Staff read: "Having demonstrated the attributes of
an outstanding soldier and leader and having distinguished himself among all men, shall
forever be remembered in the Artillery O.C.S. Hall of Fame forthwith from this sixth day
of October, nineteen hundred and eight-six."
Spittler enlisted as a private in the 106th Field Artillery on October 15,
1940. He returned from Hawaii in August 1942 to attend the Officer
Candidate School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Upon graduation in November
he was assigned to the 99th Infantry
Division as a second lieutenant
In December 1942, he was detailed to Fort Sill where he
successfully completed the Officer's Motor Transport Course. As a Battery Commander
in the 99th, he saw action in the Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns, and was awarded
the Bronze Star for outstanding service during the Battle of the
After the war, Colonel Spittler remained in the Army
Reserve where he successfully completed the Artillery Officer's Career Course at Fort
Sill, the Logistics Executive Development Course at Fort Lee, Virginia and was graduated
from the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was promoted to full colonel on March 31, 1969 and retired from the
reserve on June 27, 1975.
Duke Spittler planted evergreen trees all around Western NY and sold them at the
Buffalo Market and at other places around Lake View. To the right is an ad he
placed in a Fredonia newspaper in 1954.Note the telephone number only has 4
LV Pond Named After Duke Spittler
Children attending the Town of Hamburg’s day camp at the Lakeview Road recreation site
in 2012 will go fishing and exploring at Spittler’s Pond. It’s a regular
summer activity for the children, but now the pond behind the baseball diamond
parking area has a new name.
The Town Board named it for Donald J. “Duke” Spittler of Lake View, who was
a member and chairman of the town Conservation Board for more than 35 years.
was a wildlife biologist who worked for the state Department of Environmental
He also was a retired Army Reserve colonel who served under Gen.
George Patton during World War II. Spittler was 91 when he died in 2010.
Submitted by Susan Ward Merk, niece of Donald Spittler, Sr. and
former resident of Lake View, NY;
photos submitted by David Spittler, son of Donald.
EULOGY TO GEORGE W. SPITTLER
TO "LAKE VIEW TIMES"
LAKE VIEW FIRE DEPT.
HONORS CHARLES SPITTLER