Enlistment Army Service No. (ASN): 18056144
Officer Service No: O-433843
John Heard was from Kerrville, Texas. He was a graduate of Baylor University, 1941,earning his A.B. in Bible. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star on March 24, 1943.
LT. JOHN J. HEARD MISSING IN ACTION; FORMER ARCADIA BOY PILOTED FLYING FORTRESS IN SOUTH PACIFIC; THE ARCADIAN NEWS AUGUST 1942;
The Arcadian had a letter a few days ago from Jesse Heard, formerly County Farm Agent in this county but for the past ten years or so a resident of Kerrville, Texas, stating that word had been received from the War Department reporting that his eldest son, Lieut. John J. Heard, age 24, was missing in action. He was last accounted for Aug. 24, and he had been engaged in the battle against the Japs in the Solomon Islands theater of was in the South Pacific.
Lieut. Heard was flying a B17 (flying fortress) and the last letter his parents had from him, dated July 31, he states that he had been doing a lot of flying and that his outfit had prospect of being quite busy for a while.
Since there are many islands in that part of the South Pacific the parents feel there is a good chance the plane may have made a forced landing on one of the islands and that the crew may yet be rescued and return.
The Heards came to Arcadia from St. Petersburg about 1930 and went to Kerrville in 1933. John finished his high school work at Kerrville and then attended Baylor University of Waco, working his way through. He had been a member of the local Unit of National Guard of Kerrville, enlisted in the Air Corps and was called into service at Fort Sam Houston on June 1, 1941. His diploma was delivered to him while in the service, and he began his duties shortly before he graduated. He had spent a few days at home on furlough before being assigned to duty and had spent some time in the Hawaiian Islands since the first of this year.
Arcadia friends of the family extend sympathy to the parents and join them in the hope that the young man may yet be safe and sound.
2LT 26 BOMB SQ 11 BOMB GP TEXAS