Wade Fetzer Spilman

Full Name: Wade Fetzer Spilman
Date of birth: October 12, 1924
Date of death: September 5, 2000

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 38-2 Jan 10, 1961 - Jan 8, 1963 57th   Democrat McAllen / Hidalgo   Hidalgo
H 38-2 Jan 13, 1959 - Jan 10, 1961 56th   Democrat McAllen / Hidalgo   Hidalgo
H 38-2 Jan 8, 1957 - Jan 13, 1959 55th   Democrat McAllen / Hidalgo   Hidalgo
H 38-2 Jan 11, 1955 - Jan 8, 1957 54th   Democrat McAllen / Hidalgo   Hidalgo

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Selected Newspaper articles

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • United States Army. "This esteemed gentleman proudly served his country during World War II as an infantry staff sergeant in the United States Army, including fighting in the Battle of the Bulge; he demonstrated immense fortitude and perseverance while surviving as a prisoner of war in Germany, for which he was awarded the prestigious Purple Heart." 77th Legislature, R.S., HR 822. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • United States Army, Staff Sergeant, World War II. He withdrew from college in 1943 to enter the U.S. Army. While in the Army, he served as an infantry staff sergeant. Stationed in Europe, Spilman and his unit were overrun by Germans in the Battle of the Bulge. In the cold and foggy Ardennes Forest, Spilman was taken captive and held in a prisoner of war camp, where he survived several months of starvation and a serious illness." Footstone inscription, "S SGT US Army, World War II, Purple Heart and OLC, Prisoner of War." Texas State Cemetery.


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Committee Information top

57th R.S. - 1961
Constitutional Amendments  
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Military and Veterans Affairs  
56th R.S. - 1959
Common Carriers  
Conservation and Reclamation  
Federal Relations  
Public Printing  
55th R.S. - 1957
Charges Against Representative James E. Cox, Investigation, Special (Chair) 
Conservation and Reclamation (Vice Chair) 
Judiciary (Chair) 
State Affairs  
54th R.S. - 1955
Common Carriers  
General Investigating, Permanent (Chair) 
State Affairs  
Veterans' Land Program, Investigation, Special (Vice Chair) 

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