An Ardmore World War II veteran was honored by the Civil Air Patrol Wednesday in a ceremony at the local Military Museum.


 


2nd Lt. Theodore J. Spurgeon was presented the CAP’s Military Plaque of Honor.

 “He (Spurgeon was a former member of the Civil Air Patrol, but they had lost touch with him. They Googled him and found him in The Ardmoreite article about him being inducted into the Military Museum Hall of Honor in 2006. That’s how they located him,” said Wes Hull, Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs War Commission.


An Ardmore World War II veteran was honored by the Civil Air Patrol Wednesday in a ceremony at the local Military Museum.

 

2nd Lt. Theodore J. Spurgeon was presented the CAP’s Military Plaque of Honor.
 “He (Spurgeon was a former member of the Civil Air Patrol, but they had lost touch with him. They Googled him and found him in The Ardmoreite article about him being inducted into the Military Museum Hall of Honor in 2006. That’s how they located him,” said Wes Hull, Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs War Commission.

 

Spurgeon served with the 445th Bomber Group, 8th Air Force at Tivitshall, England when he flew bombing missions over Germany during World War II. During a mission the B-24 he was flying in was hit by enemy fire, Spurgeon was one of only three members of the 10 men crew who were able to bail out of the plane. He was captured and detained in German prison camps for months. He was one of the American prisoners freed from Moosburg, prison camp near Munich, by troops led by General George Patton. He was then taken to Lucky Strike Camp while his health was rehabilitated from the starvation he had endured.

 

Spurgeon saw combat action in Ardennes, Rhineland and received the Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, Prisoner of War Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII and the Purple Heart for wounds received in action in the European Theater of Operations.

 

He was discharged from active service on Oct. 8, 1945, and then served three years in the active reserve and another three years in the inactive reserves.

 

After the war, Surgeon served as a flight dispatcher for American Airlines, worked for a ferry service delivering airplanes across the country, managed Stromberg Lumber Company and eventually became a self-employed contractor. He was active in the American Red Cross, serving as chapter chairman, as “pay back for the food packets he received as a prisoner of war,” and responded to numerous disasters as a Red Cross volunteer. He has also been active in the Ardmore Amateur Radio Club since 1957.

 

Spurgeon has been recognized numerous times with letters of commendation from the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, American Red Cross and American Radio Relay League.

 

His recent award from the Civil Air Patrol is currently on display at the Military Museum.