|Birth: ||Aug. 12, 1922|
|Death: ||May 14, 2011|
May 18, 2011 - Dubuque Telegraph Herald
John Moore Austin, Captain, USCG (Ret), formerly of Dubuque, died Saturday, May 14, 2011, surrounded by his family.
In keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral or service. A memorial gathering will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Hovie Funeral Home, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. His ashes will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery after cremation.
John was born on Aug. 12, 1922, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, son of Louis Raymond Austin and Ruth Moore Austin. He married D. Jean (Adams) on April 23, 1949, at Christ Episcopal Church in East Tawas, Mich.
John grew up in Dubuque, where his father was a teacher for more than 40 years. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1940 and attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, for one year before entering the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., in July of 1941. He graduated with a degree in engineering and a commission as Ensign, USCG, in June of 1944. He captained the Academy football team and played three years of varsity basketball. He was inducted into the Coast Guard Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979.
John served in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II, participating in the invasions of Anguar, Leyte, Luzon and Iwo Jima. His ship, the Callaway, was hit by a Kamikaze en-route to the Luzon invasion with a loss of 31 of his shipmates. He earned the Navy Unit Commendation; American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with four bronze stars, WWII Victory Medal, Navy Occupational Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal with two bronze stars and the Philippine Presidential Unit Commendation.
He made a career of the Coast Guard following the war, and for more than 30 years, John served in various assignments throughout the U.S. including Alaska, Seattle, New York and the Great Lakes. In 1967/1968, during the Tet Offensive, he was assigned to Vietnam as Cdr, CG Squadron I and Cdr, CG Activities, Vietnam. For his service, there he was awarded the Legion of Merit with Combat V (the nation's sixth highest military decoration) and the Vietnamese Navy Distinguished Service Medal.
John was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Coast Guard Combat Veterans Assn, Bering Sea Patrol Alaska Vets Assn, American Legion, and the Retired Officers Assn. He belonged to the Elks as a life member and served many years on the board of directors of the Sault Historic Sites; Society of Military Engineers; and was a member of St. James Episcopal Church. Area Coast Guard assignments were as Commanding Officer of the St. Ignace Marine Inspection Office and Cdr of CG Group Sault, Capt of the Port; and Base Commander. John retired from the Coast Guard in 1974, receiving the USCG Commendation Medal for meritorious service in the line of duty.
After retirement, John worked in the marine industry in many areas of Asia and the Middle East. He worked as the construction superintendant resident surveyor for Marine Construction and Designers building ships in Japan; and for the International Marine Offshore Development Co., covering the construction of offshore mooring buoys in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, India and New Orleans.
John lived an honorable life serving his country and taking care of his family. He loved golf, travelling the world, fishing, tomatoes, opera and the Upper Peninsula. When interviewed for his personal history not long ago, he said he had a "yen for adventure" and his was a life that adventure followed throughout.
Surviving are his wife of 62 years; his four children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Brock (Jane) Austin, and children, Kyre, Ben, and Casey, of Shorewood, Minn.; Laurie Austin, and children, Audrey and Lauren Waggoner, of Harrison Township, Mich.; Scott (Sherri Sims) Austin, and their daughter, Melissa, of Cedarburg, Wis.; and Karrie Austin, and children, Cailin (children, Cadence and Emma Piela), Kelly, and John McClung, of Griswold, Conn.; and a sister, Helen Michel, from Kansas City, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Shelby Sims Austin in 2001; a brother, Robert Austin; and a sister, Joan Huntoon.
Louis Raymond Austin (1896 - 1989)
Arlington National Cemetery
Created by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye
Record added: May 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70002269
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