Son of Jacob Rockwell and Elizabeth McCormack.
Obituary - Pvt. John McCormack Rockwell, aged 20, who had been overseas for more than two years, was killed in action on March 3 in Germany, the War department reports in a telegram received yesterday by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Rockwell of 41 Swezey street, Patchogue. Private Rockwell, youngest of six children of the Rockwell couple, was born in Patchogue, and received his schooling here, he entered the Army on January 8, 1942, and had during most of his time overseas been attached to the quartermaster corps. It is believed that he met his death as an infantryman. He had served in North Africa, on the Anzio beachhead, and in other parts of Italy, and France before going to Germany. Besides his parents, Private Rockwell, who was unmarried, leaves two brothers, Robert Rockwell of Patchogue and Dewey Rockwell of Riverhead, and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Carr of New York, Miss Jane Rockwell of Monticello, N. Y., and Mrs. Frank Suda of Sayville.
Also - Pvt. John McCormack Rockwell, 29, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Rockwell of Patchogue, a veteran of North Africa, Anzio and France, was killed in action in Germany on March 3rd, according to word just received from the War Department. Besides his parents, Pvt. Rockwell, who was unmarried, leaves two brothers, Robert of Patchogue, and Dewey of Riverhead, and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Carr of New York, Miss Jane Rockwell of Monticello, and Mrs. Frank Suda of Sayville.
Also - The body of Private John M. Rockwell, of 41 Swezey Street, third Patchogue soldier to be returned from overseas to the United States for reburial, will arrive in Patchogue between November 30 and December 4, it was announced this week. Private Rockwell was 29 years old when he was killed in action March 3, 1945, while serving in Germany with Company B of the 393 D Infantry. His body arrived in New York city a few days ago aboard the United States Army transport Robert Burns. Before his assignment with General Courtney Hodges' forces in Europe, he served under General Mark Clark in North Africa. He entered the Army in January 1942, and much of his military service was with the Quartermaster corps. While in the United States, he was stationed in Louisiana. Survivors of Private Rockwell, who won the Purple Heart and several other combat medals while overseas, include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Rockwell of Patchogue; two brothers, George D. Rockwell of Riverhead and Robert J. Rockwell of Patchogue; and three sisters, Mrs. Frank Carr of New York City, Mrs. Frank C. Suda of Sayville and Miss Jane A. Rockwell of Monticello. Funeral arrangements at the Pettit Funeral Home will be completed upon arrival of the body, and mass will be said at St. Francis de Sales' R.C. Church. Interment will be in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Coram. The other two Patchogue war heroes whose bodies were recently returned for burial were Private Joseph T. Schaeffer and Sgt. Francis M. Gill.
(The Patchogue advance., March 15, 1945, Page 1; The Suffolk County News, Sayville, March 16, 1945, page 8; The Patchogue advance., November 27, 1947, Page 1)
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