Aug. 12, 1887 Portsmouth Portsmouth City Virginia, USA
Feb. 2, 1945
Richmond Times Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia), Saturday, February 3, 1945, p. 13
GEN. MAYNARD TO BE BURIED IN ARLINGTON
WASHINGTON, Feb 2 - Funeral services for Brigadier General John B. Maynard, retired, who died today in Walter Reed Army Hospital, will be held at Fort Myer Chapel at 2 P.M., Monday with full military honors. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.
General Maynard, 57, a resident of Denbigh, Va., died after an illness of several weeks. He came to the hospital on January 22. Nature of his illness and cause of death were not given by the hospital.
Mrs. Maynard was with him at the time of his death. Besides his widow, he is survived by three sons, a daughter, and two grandchildren. They are: Majors John B. Maynard, Jr., and Charles D. Maynard, serving in the Southwest Pacific; Harry L. Maynard, a first classman at West Point Military Academy; Mrs. Charles M. Henley, wife of Lieutenant Colonel Henley, of the airborne engineers; Miss Lucy Henley and John B. Maynard, III.
General Maynard, a native of Portsmouth, commanded the Anti-aircraft Replacement Center at Fort Eustis from July 1943, to April 1944. He retired in June, 1944, from the Army, in which he had served for 36 years since 1908.
The general was a graduate of Virginia Tech and served as professor of military science and tactics at the Blacksburg institution in the early 1930s. He left there in 1935 to command a battalion of the Fifteenth Coast Artillery at Fort Kamehameha, Hawaii, and for a time in 1937 served as executive for the harbor defenses at Pearl Harbor.
He saw active duty in France in World War I with the Seventeenth Artillery, which regiment was on the Chateau-Thierry Front for a time and then had a part in the Aisne-Marne offensive.
When he retired he was given the Legion of Merit Medal in a ceremony at Fort Eustis by Major General Joseph A. Green, commanding general of the Antiaircraft Command, for "exceptionally meritorious" service in World War II.
This included command of the Antiaircraft Replacement Training Center at Camp Wallace, Tex., from Feb. 1, 1941, to Feb. 15, 1942; command of the Barrage Balloon Training Center at Camp Tyson, Tenn, from Feb. 16, 1942 to July 19, 1943; and then command at Fort Eustis.
He graduated from VPI in 1907 with a civil engineer's degree and wass appointeed a second pieutenant in the Coast Artillery in 1908. Promoted to the temporary rank of lieutenant colonel in World War I, he afterwards reverted to the permanent rank of captain. He was raised to the permanent rank of colonel in 1938 and given a wartime appointment as a brigadier general in April, 1941.
He was recalled from Hawaii in 1937 to perform staff duty at headquarters of the Eighth Corps area at Fort Sam Houston, Tex., as chief of the Mobilization Section. For about two years prior to Deecember, 1940, he was executive officer for the CCC of the Eighth Corps area at Fort Sam Houston, Tex.