John Sparger

Captain, USN Ret.

1922 - 1995

Capt. John Sparger

Dallas, Texas

Captain John Sparger was born in Dallas, Texas on 27 March 1922.

In 1943, shortly after he was graduated from Texas A & M, he was commissioned Ensign, and assigned to USS McKEAN (APD-5) as assistant communications officer. McKEAN was sunk at the Battle of Bougainville in November 1943.

Captain Sparger saw further action during the initial landings at Okinawa and was then assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel for duty.

He also served in the destroyer FECHTELER (DD-870) as gunnery officer, assistant first lieutenant, and later as operations officer.

In 1950, he took command of LST 1110, and during the Korean War commanded LST 898 which participated in the second landing at Inchon, Korea.

In 1953 he served aboard the heavy cruiser DES MOINES as communications officer, and then as Aide and Flag Secretary, Commander Battle- Cruiser Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet.

Later, he was assigned to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations for duty with the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In 1959, Captain Sparger became executive officer of the attack cargo ship USS WASHBURN, after which he attended the Naval War College in Rhode Island.

In 1961 he took command of the landing ship USS GUNSTON HALL which steamed from San Diego to Cuba during the crisis in 1962.

Following this, he reported to the Staff of Commander Amphibious Forces .U. S. Pacific Fleet as Assistant Chief of Staff for Communications.

Captain Sparger commanded the U. S. Naval Communication Station, Yokosuka, Japan, from June 1965 until September 1967.

On 14 December 1967 he took command of Skagit until 1968 when he was relieved by Captain Graf.

Captain Sparger has the Navy Unit Commendation, American Campaign Medal. Asiatic-,Pacific Campaign Medal with four bronze stars, Victory Medal for World II, Navy Occupation Service Medal, China Service Medal, National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal with bronze star, United Nations Service Medal, and Korean Presidential Unit Citation.

He was married, and had two sons.

Captain Sparger passed away in August 1995 in Dallas, Texas.