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Alvin "Al" John Spinner, 87, of Clifton, VA passed away on August. 7, 2012, at the Halquist Memorial Hospice in Arlington, VA following a short illness.
Mr. Spinner was born October. 28, 1924 in Cincinnati, OH. He lived in Cincinnati until he joined the United States Navy on his 17th birthday. His service during WWII included assignment to three ships, USS Denebola AD-12, USS Allendale APA-127 and most notably the USS Battleship Alabama BB-60. Significant awards included: American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/6 Stars, Navy Occupation Service Medal (Japan) and National Defense Service Medal. Following the war, Mr. Spinner left military service and worked as a brakeman for the New York Central Railroad. In 1946, he reenlisted in the Navy, where he soon embarked on a career in Data Processing. He retired from military service as a Master Chief Petty Officer. He continued his Data Processing career as a U.S. Federal employee briefly for the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) and then for the Dept of Navy as a Programmer and Systems Analyst. He retired from the Naval Material Command (NAVMAT) in 1980.
Survivors include: Levaun Spinner, wife of nearly 62 years; son Greg; daughter in-law Wanda and grandson Gregory all of Clifton, VA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin John Kunk and Audell McManis and a sister Charlotte Mancine.
Private inurnment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery January 4, 2013 with full military honors.

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 23, 2012
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