Lieutenant Colonel Michael Spryn, Jr. was from Butler, PA. He had a long career in the military, serving first as an enlisted man with the rank of Staff Sergeant and then, as a field grade officer in the U.S. Air Force. He served in three wars: World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. During the Cold War years of 1966-67. Major Spryn was the Deputy Commander for Security and Law Enforcement, and Commander of the 42nd Security Police Squadron at Loring Air Force Base, a huge Strategic Air Command (SAC) B-52 bomber base and Nuclear Weapons Storage Area, located near the town of Limestone, in northern Maine.
Sometime in the fall of 1967, Major Spryn left Loring for an assignment with the 632nd SPS at Binh Thuy Air Base, Vietnam. While there, he headed a project to provide food, clothing and other much needed support for approximately 200 children of a local Orphanage.