JOHN R. SPIERS, LCDR, USN
John Spiers '32
Date of birth: August 31, 1911
Date of death: October 11, 1942
From the 1932 Lucky Bag:
John was lost when the plane he was piloting crashed into Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, on October 11, 1942. His radioman was also killed; they were members of Scouting Squadron (VS) 72.
John was survived by his wife and a young daughter. He has a memory marker in California.
LIEUTENANT COMMANDER JOHN R. SPIERS was the oldest child of Mark H. and Faith R. Spiers. He was born August 31, 1911 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His early years were spent at his grandfather's house at 111 North Wayne Avenue in Radnor PA, where, in 1920 the Spiers family lived. His grandfather taught at a private school in the area, and his father was in the soap business. By 1930 the Spiers family had moved to 309 Kings Highway in Brooklawn NJ, and Mark Spiers was working as a salesman for a publishing house. After attending the Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, John Randall Spiers was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he graduated in 1932, finishing 169th in a class of 421 graduates.
After graduating from Annapolis, John Randall Spiers, known as Jack to family and friends, was trained as a naval aviator. He was based for a time at Coronado CA, where he met his wife, the daughter of a career Marine.
Stationed at the Naval Air Station at Quonset Point RI, Lieutenant Commander John R. Spiers was lost in a plane crash off the Atlantic coast on October 11, 1942. He was survived by his wife and a young daughter, Martha, his parents and three sisters, Faith, Marcia, and Phoebe. Mrs. Spiers returned to California, where she raised their daughter.