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PFC John D Waddell, Jr

PFC John D Waddell, Jr

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Death 19 Sep 1944 (aged 20–21)
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot Plot A Row 27 Grave 65
Memorial ID 25011812 · View Source
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Pfc Waddell, a resident of Queens, New York enlisted in March 1942 and subsequently volunteered for parachutist duty. He may have joined the 508th at Camp Mackall, NC after completing jump school.

He probably was with the 508th when the regiment jumped into Normandy on D-Day and endured 33 days of fighting before the regiment was relieved.

He certainly jumped into Holland on September 17, 1944 as a member of the 508th's Company B in Operation Market-Garden. He was killed in action two days later and was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

John's brother, 2Lt Charles F Waddell was killed in the crash of a B26B Marauder and is buried next to John. See Find A Grave Memorial# 56376151


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  • Created by: Dick ODonnell
  • Added: 3 Mar 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 25011812
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC John D Waddell, Jr (1923–19 Sep 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25011812, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Dick ODonnell (contributor 46951262) .