|Birth: ||Dec. 15, 1927|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 27, 1950, South Korea|
His memorial is on his parent's stone. His parents were Guy Emmett and Elizabeth (Luscomb) Sears.
In 1930, his parents were living in Center Township, Hendricks County, Indiana. The census record, taken April 2, 1930, indicated that he was 2 years 3 months old. He was the only child listed although his parents had been married for 10 years. He was born in New Jersey. His father was born in Indiana and his mother was born in Michigan. His parents were 38 and 36 years old, respectively. John was their only child.
Korean War Casualty Listings
Name: John A. Sears
Birth Date: 1927
Birth City: Marion
State Registered: Indiana
Death Date: July 27, 1950
Death Country: Korea
Death Description: Killed in Action
War: Korean War
Title: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
RANK: Second Lieutenant
Service: U.S. Army
Service ID: O-975478
Notes: Second Lieutenant Sears was a member of the 29th Infantry Regimental Combat Team. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy near Hadong, South Korea on July 27, 1950. Second Lieutenant Sears was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
Data Source: Korean War Veterans Honor Roll
His obituary from the August 24, 1950 Republican (Danville, Indiana):
Word has been received that Lieutenant John Alan Sears, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Tide Sears, was killed in action in Korea. His wife, Mrs. Mary Sears, received a letter from her husband's captain of this fact. Lieutenant Sears was a member of the 24th and 25th regiments. He was sent to Japan in March as a member of the occupation forces, and was then sent to Korea. Both Mr. and Mrs. Sears [John and Mary] were graduates of Indiana University in June 1949. They were married March 5 and left for California the next day where they spent ten days before he was sent to Japan. Mrs. Sears returned to Indianapolis and has been making her home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Sears. Mrs. Sears [Mary] received a letter from her husband about 5 weeks ago, saying that the United States papers had been saying that the 24th and 25th regiments had been annihilated, but they had not. These divisions had been under General Dean who has been missing.
His obituary from the June 17, 1954 Friday Caller (Plainfield, Indiana):
SOLDIER IS BURIED SATURDAY AT DANVILLE
Services were held Saturday morning in Indianapolis for Lieutenant John A. Sears, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Sears of Danville. Burial was in south cemetery Danville. Lieutenant Sears was killed in action in Korea in 1950. He was fatally wounded when he exposed himself to enemy fire as he directed the units guns. He attended [Arsenal] Technical High School and was a graduate of Indiana University. Besides the grandparents, he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Sears, and his wife, Mary Sears Mann, all of Indianapolis.
Many thanks to Stacey for sponsoring this hero's memorial.
Guy Emmett Sears (1892 - 1968)
Elizabeth Luscomb Sears (1893 - 1974)
Mary Caroline Stout Mann (1927 - 2004)*
In Memory of Our Son
Lt. John A. Sears
Co. H 24th Reg 25th Div
Born Dec 15, 1927
Killed in Korea, July 27, 1950
Danville South Cemetery
Created by: J.Sullivan
Record added: Jan 12, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 23925397