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Wade Fetzer Spilman

Wade F. Spilman
Full Name: Wade Fetzer Spilman
Birth date: October 12, 1924
Death date: September 5, 2000

Terms of Service

  • House, 57th Legislature
    1/10/1961 - 1/8/1963
  • House, 56th Legislature
    1/13/1959 - 1/10/1961
  • House, 55th Legislature
    1/8/1957 - 1/13/1959
  • House, 54th Legislature
    1/11/1955 - 1/8/1957

Biographical Notes and Resources

Selected Newspaper articles

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 54th Legislature, R.S., HSR 220. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary .
  • 77th Legislature, R.S., HR 822. Resolutions - Memorial .
  • 77th Legislature, R.S., SR 805. Resolutions - Memorial .
  • 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 .


Other Resources

  • Memorial, February 2001, p. 203. Texas Bar Journal .
  • Spilman, Wade Fetzer. Texas State Cemetery .
  • 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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