NJ Mayor Admits He Never Was in Vietnam

Stafford Township mayor clarifies his military service

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012  |  Updated 9:21 AM EDT
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A South Jersey mayor whose military record was called into question has admitted he never served in Vietnam.

Stafford Township Mayor John Spodofora apologized for misleading anyone and told the township committee meeting Tuesday that his “feet were not in Vietnam.”

Spodofora read a statement in which he said he has “said and implied things” that he should not have. Spodofora apologized to township Republican Club President Martha Kremer who raised questions about the mayor's military service after announcing she was running for office.

Military records obtained by The Press of Atlantic City showed the mayor served in the Navy from 1966 until 1973. The 66-year-old was a cryptographer assigned to an office or submarine in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.

The mayor said much of his duty was classified.

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