Memorial Plaque Unveiled in Honor of Ronald A. Spudis '68

School News
September 22, 2023

Ronald A. Spudis ’68 is a hero. After graduating from The John Carroll School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was deployed to Vietnam. On December 11, 1971, during a firefight against numerically superior enemy forces, Ron selflessly placed himself in harm’s way. Ron was wounded several times during the battle and gave his life to save his fellow soldiers. For his heroism in action, Ron was awarded the Silver Star for Valor, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Purple Heart and Vietnam Gallantry Cross.

For many years, the School raised the American flag in Ron’s honor at home games at Gerry Grey Stadium. Last week, as part of their 55-year reunion, the Class of 1968 dedicated a plaque in memory of their classmate. The plaque was unveiled by Barbara and Anthony Bullock, Ron’s sister and nephew, and classmate Joe Cassilly ’68, who also served in Vietnam. The memorial plaque is now a permanent fixture in the main foyer of the School, student, teacher, staff member and guest will pass by it and honor the sacrifice of our brave Patriot, Ronald A. Spudis ‘68. Barbara was also kind enough to donate some of Ron's memorabilia and awards, which will be displayed at the School every Memorial Day and Veteran's Day.

As part of the ceremony, guests heard a special message from Chris Dattoli '23. Currently in his first year at the U.S. Naval Academy, Chris was the inaugural recipient of the Ronald A. Spudis '68 Award. This award is given to a Senior who exemplifies the characteristics of honor, integrity and selflessness. Hear Chris share how Ron's bravery and sacrifice inspires him in this video.