Henry Mershon Spengler II – Brigadier General, United States Army

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A graduate of West Point in 1937 and a veteran of both World War II and the Korean Conflict.

He was serving with the United States Army in Germany when his command helicopter crashed and he was killed on October 10, 1961. He was born on June 19, 1913.

He is buried in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery along with his wife and his son.
Henry Mershon Spengler III.

The General's wife, Betty Spengler, passed away in 2005 and was laid to rest with him on 26 August 2005.


BRIGADIER GENERAL SPENGLER KILLED IN AIR CRASH

BAMBERG, Germany, October 11, 1961 – A Brigadier General and a Colonel were identified today as two of the six victims of the crash of a United States Army helicopter yesterday.

The Army said Brigadier General Henry M. Spengler, commander of the 32nd Air Defense Brigade, and Colonel Everett D. Light, commander of the 101st Air Defense Group, were among the dead.  The other four passengers have not been identified.

Brigadier General Henry Mershon Spengler was born in Pennsylvania in June 1918.  He was graduated from the United Sates Military Academy in 1937, the Command and General Staff College in 1950 and the National War College in 1956.

Colonel Everett Dewitt Light was born in Iowa on December 21, 1915.  He graduated from the Military Academy in 1940 and from the Command and General Staff College in 1949. NOTE: Colonet Light was buried in the cemetery at the United States Military Academy.


Another officer, Henry C. Spengler, who was killed in action in World War I is buried nearly and research continues with respect to him.

SPENGLER, HENRY M
BRIG GEN HQ HQ BTRY 32D ARTY BRIG APO 227 N Y N Y USA

  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 06/19/1913
  • DATE OF DEATH: 10/10/1961
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 10/20/1961
  • BURIED AT: SECTION 3  SITE 2505-1-L
    ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

SPENGLER, BETTY M

  • DATE OF BIRTH: 08/31/1917
  • DATE OF DEATH: 07/26/2005
  • BURIED AT: SECTION 3  SITE 2505-1LH
    ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
  • WIFE OF SPENGLER, HENRY M, BRIG GEN US ARMY

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