John Edward “Johnny” Bell

John Edward “Johnny” Bell

Birth
Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi, USA
Death 19 Oct 2015 (aged 94)
Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, USA
Memorial ID 157648874 · View Source
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9/1940, John enrolled at Miss. State College. 1941, John began working for the GM&O railroad on The Rebel, which traveled overnight between St. Louis, and Mobile. 3/20/1942 John enlisted as a Private in the Army Air Corps. 5/1944, John sent to England and assigned to B-17’s; 8th Air Force, 398th Bomb Group, 601st Strategic Bombing Squadron. 8/8/1944, John’s plane shot down on a mission to bomb German troop concentrations at Couvincourt, France. 1945, John completed 22 missions before returning home. 1946, John went to work for WCMA, a new radio station of the Dixie network, in Corinth, MS. 1973, “John Bell Broadcasters, Inc.” was created a 512 ½ Fillmore St., Corinth, MS. 1987, John retired from WCMA. 5/2014, John travelled to England for the 70th anniversary of D-Day. John was one of about 50 veterans on the stage at the American cemetery at Omaha Beach when President Obama and the French President addressed the 35-thousand plus crowd. Notes: Johnny was a vital member of the Corinth community. He was the lead voice and spearhead for establishing the Corinth City Park. He was involved in the Corinth YMCA, later known as the Sportsplex, and was given a lifetime member award. He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. He was the announcer for the annual Christmas parade from the beginning.


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  • Created by: Rodney Bond
  • Added: 31 Jan 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial 157648874
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Edward “Johnny” Bell (7 Apr 1921–19 Oct 2015), Find a Grave Memorial no. 157648874, citing Henry Cemetery, Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Rodney Bond (contributor 46819258) .