Local Veteran Honored As Reds’ Opening Day Hometown Hero
By Travis Thayer
Ron Spurlock was honored as the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Hometown Hero on Monday, April 3. Photo by P.G. Gentrup.
(Cincinnati, Oh.) – The Cincinnati Reds came up on the short end of the scoreboard, but Opening Day was still memorable for one southeastern Indiana hero.
Rising Sun resident Ron Spurlock was honored as the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Hometown Hero on Monday, April 3.
Spurlock was introduced to the largest crowd in Great American Ball Park history at the end of the second inning, and was presented with a Reds cap, certificate and Cincinnati Reds challenge coin.
After graduating from Vevay High School, Corporal Spurlock entered the United States Marines in 1969 and served until 1971 when he was honorable discharged.
His military career included a tour of duty in Vietnam with the 3rd Marines, 3rd Battalion at Da Nang, South Vietnam.
Currently, Spurlock is active in paying tribute to local Veterans through programs and events such as: the Honor Flight Program, Welcome Home Warriors events, presentation of Purple Heart plaques to the recipients of this valor award here in Southeastern Indiana, and Quilts of Valor presentations.
He is also a member of the KWVA Chapter $4, the American Legion Post #59 in Rising Sun, the Vietnam Veterans of America Lary D. Fogle Chapter #71 in Aurora and the Manchester Baptist Church.
Spurlock was joined during Opening Day festivities by five local Purple Heart recipients who were also honored on the field at GABP.