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John Hastings Boyles
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Birth: Sep. 28, 1929
Death: Aug. 5, 1950

John Hastings Boyles is the son of Elliot W. Boyles Sr. and Ada I Boyles. John had a brother, Elliot W Boyles Jr.

Pvt John H. Boyles was an Army Private who assigned to the infantry. He was scheduled to depart on 6 Aug 1950 on his way to the Korean battlefields when he was killed at Fairfield- Suisun AFB while trying to help firefighters rescue men who were on a B-29 that crashed and was burning on 5 Aug 1950. The plane exploded about twenty minutes after the crash. The explosion killed five firefighters, another volunteer, and Pvt Boyles.

The base was later named Travis AFB after General Travis who was also killed in the crash.

Pvt Boyles was married to Eleanor Ann at the time of his death.

An article appeared about two Savannah, GA men, one an Army Private John H Boyles, age 20 and the other Air Force Brig General Robert F Travis, age 46. According to the article, Pvt Boyles' funeral was attended by the mother of Brig General Robert Travis. It was said that General Travis' mother would "be paying a silent debt of gratitude to the young private who died in a vain effort to rescue her son".

John Boyles gave his life trying to help save others.
Family links: 
  Elliott Wilson Boyles (1880 - 1953)
  Ada I. Wiggins Boyles (1905 - 1964)
Greenwich Cemetery
Chatham County
Georgia, USA
Plot: Lot 28, Block D Section 10
Created by: Memory Keeper
Record added: Jun 20, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 112615654
John Hastings Boyles
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Thank you for your service to our country. You are remembered by those who knew you and know of your sacrifice of giving assistance to others in peril. God Bless.
- Veterans' Daughter
 Added: Jul. 15, 2013

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