|Birth: ||Jun. 21, 1924|
|Death: ||Dec. 15, 1944, Germany|
Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards
World War II
Served 6/19/1943 - 12/15/1944
Org: Co H 78th Div 310th Inf
Burial: Rimersburg Cem., Rimersburg, PA
Info given by C.B. Stewart, Jun 21, 1949
Remarks: Veteran killed in service
PVT. JOHN H. McCALL -- Killed December 15, 1944, while fighting in Germany, was the message concerning Pvt. John H. McCall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor McCall of Sligo, and husband of the former Betty Potts, of Clarion.
The young soldier, twenty years old last June, entered the service June 10, 1943.
He trained for anti-aircraft artillery at Ft. Eustice, Virginia , and then volunteered for the Air Force, attending college at Burlington, Vermont.
Later he transferred to the infantry, training at Camp Pickett, Virginia, until going overseas the latter part of October, 1944.
Pvt. McCall spent about three weeks in England, and then went through France into Belgium, and into Germany. part of his military duties consisted of driving a jeep for his captain.
Born in East Brady June 21, 1924, he attended Turney School in Piney township for a time , and when his family moved to Sligo in 1928, he continued through the Sligo schools, graduating with the high school class of 1941.
Pvt. McCall studied engineering at State College and was employed at Bessemer-Cooper, Grove City, at the time of his induction. He and Betty Potts were married November 7, 1943. In addition to his wife and parents, Pvt. McCall is survived by two sisters, Evelyn and Janet, both at home.
McCall's Captain Praises Him; Tells How He Was Killed
Mrs. John McCall has received a letter from the commanding officer of her husband, Pvt. John McCall, who was killed in Germany on December 15.
Pvt. McCall came in for high praise from his captain, who also told of the fatal accident in which the young soldier, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor McCall of Sligo, lost his life. The letter addressed to his wife, the former Betty Potts, follows:
29 Dec. 1944
"Dear Mrs. McCall,
"By this time you have, no doubt, been informed by the War Department of the death of your husband.
"I know that there is nothing that I can say or do that will ease your sorrow. I will try to tell you how much I depended on him and what kind of a job he has done. As you probably know, he was my driver. He was as loyal a worker as I have ever seen. The days or nights were never too long nor the job too hard for him. When he was killed he was doing a job that was beyond his duty. I was on the front line where the jeep could not go so he started using it to evacuate casualties. After the casualties were taken care of he made one trip to the next town to get a load of ammunition. On the second trip back he was passing another vehicle on a narrow road and ran over a mine, on the shoulder. The accident happened right by an aid station and he was picked up immediately but there was nothing that could be done for him.
"You have my deepest sympathies in this loss for I know that to you as well as myself he can never be replaced.
"If there is any way I can be of assistance or help in this matter, please let me know.
"Sincerely, Malcolm J. Hopkins, Capt., Inf."
Victor Harvey McCall (1904 - 1998)
Lottie B. Bashline McCall (1904 - 1998)
Note: Section 3, Lot 233
Created by: Pamela Myers-Grewell
Record added: Nov 12, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61471012
Like my father you were killed in action as a member of the 310th Infantry, 78th Infantry Division. You made the ultimate sacrifice in December of 1944 while fighting in the Kesternich-Simmerath Engagement. This nation owes an unpayable debt to you. May ...(Read more)|
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