|Birth: ||Nov. 30, 1920|
|Death: ||Jan. 24, 1945|
Died - Overseas
World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas
about John H Sedgley
Name: John H Sedgley
Inducted From: California
Rank: Private First Class
Combat Organization: 184th Infantry 7th Division
Death Date: 24 Jan 1945
Monument: Fort William McKinley, Manila, The Philippines
Last Known Status: Buried
U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal
Bronze Star Medal
There is a memorial plaque with his family at the Old Auburn Cemetery.
SEDGLEY, JOHN H. "Bud"
Jim Sedgley Injured in South Pacific—T-Sgt. James Sedgley has been injured in the Philippine Islands, according to information which has been received by his mother, Mrs. Marguerite Sedgley. Extent of the injuries is not known, but a letter from another son who was with Sgt. Sedgley at the time he was injured indicates that the injuries are not serious. John and James Sedgley, known to their friends as Bud and Jim, are the two oldest sons of Mrs. Marguerite Sedgley. While in high school, they joined the Auburn unit of the National Guard, which after war was declared became part of the 184th Infantry, regular US Army. The two brothers have been together wherever the 184th went. They saw action in the Aleutians, Marshall Islands, and Philippines. A January 7 letter from John Sedgley to his mother follows: "Dear Mom, I guess you have received the telegram by now. Don't worry about Jim, he is getting along fine and will be out soon. I was right there when he was injured. Please don't worry. You should get a letter from him soon. I received the box from Dr. Wilson and also Carmen's but as yet yours haven't arrived. This paper is some Carmen sent. Your card and 53rd letter came ok. In Jim's last letter you wanted to know something about the Philippines. I'll try to tell you a little. You know what a poor letter writer I am, but this will tell you a little. The majority of the inhabitants of this island are farmers. They live in a very primitive state in their huts made of palm and bamboo. Their farming implements are of the crudest kind. They plow their fields by means of wooden plows drawn by water buffaloes. A great deal of rice, cocoanut, and sugar is grown here. I've learned one thing at least since I've been here—of what Manila hemp rope is made of. It comes from the Abaca tree, a tree resembling the banana tree but not bearing fruit. Well, I guess this will be all for now. Don't worry about Jim. He'll be ok. Love, Bud."
[Auburn Journal-Republican, Thursday, 1-25-1945]
Auburn Boy Killed in Philippines—John (Bud) Sedgley, 23, a resident of the Mt. Vernon district, was officially reported killed in action on January 24 in a telegram received Sunday by his mother, Mrs. Marguerite Sedgley. He was a private first class in the army of the United States. The telegram from the War Department stated death occurred January 24 at Comoten, a small island in the Philippine group. No details were given. Mrs. Sedgley stated her last letter from John, written on January 7, told of wounds received by his brother, James, also an army man. He assured the mother the wounds were slight and urged her not to worry about them. Another brother, Fred Sedgley, is on active duty with the US Coast Guard. F. L. Sedgley, father of the deceased soldier, died several years ago. John Sedgley formerly attended the Placer Union High School in Auburn. Both John and James Sedgley were members of the Auburn National Guard unit and departed from here with the National Guard where they became members of the regular army. They had been together constantly until James was injured early in the Philippine campaign. Left to mourn his untimely passing, besides his mother, are two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Shifton of Richmond and Dorothy of Auburn; two brothers, T-Sgt. James Sedgley, US Army, and S 1-c Fred Sedgley of the US Coast Guard; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Borba; aunts, Mrs. L. Morris, Mrs. Ray Botti of Lincoln, and Mrs. Emma Tiethaway of Alameda; one uncle, Henry Borba; a niece, Carol Anne Shifton of Richmond; and cousins, Bill and Antonette Beck and Lloyd Morris II.
[Auburn Journal-Republican, Thursday, 3-1-1945]
Newspaper articles: Courtesy of Kathie Marynik
Frederick L. Sedgley (1861 - 1936)
Marguerite I. Borba Sedgley (1899 - 1977)
John H. Sedgley (1920 - 1945)
James Frederick Sedgley (1922 - 2001)*
Note: Location- Enter cemetery-go strait-on right side-near road-this side of big redwood.
Old Auburn Cemetery
Plot: 616 area
Created by: Glenda Ragan
Record added: Sep 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41974927