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John William Bortell
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Birth: 1917
Death: Dec. 31, 1944
Mason County
Illinois, USA

Born to Earl & Adah Catherine Bortell in 1917. John enlisted in the US Army WWII on Jun 2, 1942. His regiment was 81st Infantry Division known as "Wildcats". He was killed Dec 31, 1944 in an explosion from a War land mine. He was involved in 3 Japanese invasions in Pacific on Peleliu Islands under the command of General McArthur. He received a Purple Heart and Combat Infantry badge for exemplary conduct and great skill in actions against the enemy. He was buried on the island at the US Armed Forces Cemetery but later was sent home to be buried in Havana Illinois. 
Family links: 
  Earl W Bortell (1884 - 1971)
  Adah Catherine Wise Bortell (1891 - 1965)
  Ila M Bortell Peterson (1912 - 1996)*
  Norma Bortell (1913 - 1914)*
  Loretta M Bortell (1915 - 1999)*
  John William Bortell (1917 - 1944)
  Ruth R Bortell Myers (1921 - 2006)*
  Kenneth R Bortell (1928 - 1997)*
*Calculated relationship
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Mason County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Sandy Cole-Tanner
Record added: Nov 17, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44493786
John William Bortell
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John William Bortell
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John William Bortell
Added by: Sandy Cole-Tanner
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